The 2020 Kawasaki Z900 BS6 arrives with new colour options, more electronic riding aids, retuned suspension and a slight price bump.
In December 2019, Kawasaki had announced that the Z900 would be the first bike in its India portfolio to receive the BS6 update. Originally planned for a March 2020 launch, proceedings were delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. As a result, the BS6 Z900 arrives after some other BS6 models, like the Ninja 650, W800, Versys 1000, Versys 650, Z650, Ninja 1000SX and the Vulcan.
Kawasaki had also stated earlier that the BS6 Z900 would be priced somewhere around ₹8.5 – 9 lakh (ex-showroom). But, surprisingly, it's been launched at ₹7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes it more expensive by only about ₹30,000 (approx.) over the BS4 model.
For this relatively small price increase, the BS6 Z900 gets a lot of new electronic riding aids and better equipment. The list includes new riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider-Configurable), two power modes (Low & Full), a three-level Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), new LED lights and a 4.3-inch colour TFT screen. Also new are the Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres and smartphone connectivity (Bluetooth) via the Kawasaki Rideology App.
In terms of specs, the 948cc in-line four-cylinder motor develops 124bhp and 98.6Nm of torque, which is the same as before. However, the BS6 update has increased the Z900's weight by 2kgs (212kgs). It also features a retuned suspension setup, thanks to which, the ground clearance has gone up from 130mm to 145mm, seat height up from 795mm to 820mm and the wheelbase has also increased by 5mm (1,455mm).
The Z900 BS6 are available in two new colour schemes – Metallic Graphite Grey & Candy Lime Green.