Launched at Rs. 4.69 lakh, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 will continue to be sold alongside the Ninja 300. Bookings have commenced, and deliveries are expected in May.
At the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Kawasaki officially uncovered the Ninja 400. Just six months into its global unveil, the Japanese motorcycle maker has launched the Ninja 400 in India. Priced at Rs. 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), bookings for the Ninja 400 have already commenced. Deliveries are likely to start sometime in May this year.
Based on an all-new trellis frame, the Ninja 400 is powered by a 399cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor. At 44.8bhp and 38Nm, it makes 9bhp and 11Nm more than the Ninja 300. The Ninja 400 not only makes more power than the 300, but at 173kg, it is just 1kg heavier. That being said, the newly launched model has a smaller 14 litre fuel tank in comparison of the 17 litre tank of the Ninja 300. Kawasaki has also equipped the Kawasaki Ninja 400 with assist and slipper clutch – which they claim, reduces the clutch effort by 20 per cent. Braking duties are performed by a 310mm front disc and a 220 one at the back. ABS is standard on the Ninja 400.
In terms of design, there is no mistaking the 400 to be anything but a Ninja. The motorcycle looks sharp and has the visual mass that you’d expect from a 400. The twin-headlamp and the front lip gives way to the fact that it’s inspired by the flagship Ninja H2.
Speaking about the launch of the Ninja 400 Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, said ‘With the introduction of Ninja 400, we have created a good family of Ninja series. As of now Ninja 400 will be available in limited numbers because Ninja 300 is still our flagship model in India, and it will be continued along with other Ninja models.’
While in the international market the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is essentially a successor to the Ninja 300, in India, Kawasaki says they will continue the sale of the latter. Keeping that in mind, the Ninja 400 will sit between the 300 and the 650 in Kawasaki’s product portfolio.