The BS6 version of the Kawasaki Z650 commands a premium of Rs 25,000 over the outgoing version. But, for the extra money, you now get a cleaner powertrain, LED headlamps and a full-colour TFT display, among some other new updates.
Kawasaki has launched the 2020 Z650 in India. Priced at Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom), the new version is BS6 compliant and marks a price hike of Rs 25,000 over the outgoing BS4 version. However, unlike other recently launched Kawasaki BS6 products, the Z650 offers a lot more kit to the customers as compared to the old motorcycle.
The biggest change in the new 2020 version is its sharper front design, featuring a new cowl and full LED headlights. In addition to this, there’s a 4.3-inch TFT display, which comes with Bluetooth/smartphone connectivity. The bike also comes fitted with new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres.
The powertrain is the same as old bike, but it’s now cleaner, thanks to BS6 norms. The 649cc parallel-twin engine develops the same power output of 67.4bhp, but its torque has now gone down to 64Nm as compared to 65.7Nm earlier. The engine continues to come paired with a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycle has a kerb weight of 191kg – which is 5kg more than the BS4 version.
Given the performance and equipment on offer, the Kawasaki Z650 is one of the most impressive and affordable middle-weight naked motorcycles in the country. Not to mention, at the moment, none of its rivals are available with a BS6 engine, which works in its favour even more.