The Ninja is back on the roads with a new update with its track-focused 998cc liquid cooled, 4-stroke in-line four engine developed by the Kawasaki Racing Team. And it is also Rs. 31,000 cheaper than its predecessor costing Rs. 13,99,000 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There’s an increase in performance as the in-line four engine produces a 200bhp and maximum power output of 210bhp with a RAM air intake at 13,500rpm and a peak torque of 114.9Nm at 11,200rpm. Also, the one-litre engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. On the features front, the Ninja has three different sets of power modes for riders to choose from.
With all of that performance, the Ninja has dual Brembo M50 monobloc callipers offering 330mm discs at the front and a single piston 220mm disc at the rear delivering excellent braking performance. Kawasaki’s World Superbike engineers have designed the valve train which is called the Finger follower valve actuation, also has an aluminium swingarm, aluminium twin-spar frame, an option to choose a single seater, and Öhlins electronic steering damper for better speed and acceleration.
There are many other features, for instance, the dual direction Kawasaki’s quick shifter, along with its launch control mode for more traction off the road. The new Kawasaki Ninja competes against the likes of Suzuki Hayabusa which is priced in the same range. Also, the good news is that the new Kawasaki Ninja will be locally assembled keeping in mind the Make in India prospect.