A couple of days after teasing the new in-line four-cylinder-based Ninja ZX-4R, the Indian arm of Kawasaki Motorcycles has launched the bike in the country. The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom), which makes it the most expensive 400cc motorcycle in the Indian market - even dearer than the Versys 650 adventurer tourer that is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 7.77 lakh. The new Ninja ZX-4R is already available for purchase in international markets and has now been added to the Japanese manufacturer's line-up of in-line four-cylinder motorcycles running on Indian roads. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R goes on sale in India as a completely built up-unit (CBU) and is therefore pricey. Powering the new Kawasaki bike is a 399cc inline four-cylinder engine that cranks out 39Nm of peak torque at 13,000rpm and 78bhp at 14,500rpm with RAM air intake (75bhp without RAM air assistance). This liquid-cooled engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It remains to be seen whether Kawasaki will offer a quick-shifter as a standard or as an optional feature.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R: Hardware Details
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R features a trellis frame, which is suspended with the help of Showa upside-down forks at the front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear. The ZX-4R model has a single 220mm disc with a floating caliper at the back and twin 290mm discs with Nissin 4-piston radial calipers at the front. Dual-channel ABS comes standard with the bike. The disc brakes are mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 120/70 front and 160/60 rear tyres.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R: Design, Features
Style-wise, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R looks sharp and has split LED headlights, a transparent visor, a split-style seat layout, and a large fairing on the side. The Ninja ZX-4R offers a host of features, including traction control, assist and slipper clutch, four riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and customisable Rider mode), a 4.3-inch TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity, and others. In the Indian market, the Kawasaki ZX-4R will be available only as a base version, not the higher-spec ZX-4RR or SE unit.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R: Price
Carrying a price tag of Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom), the new bike is the third 400cc bike in the company's range of models for India.