If current reports are to be believed, the quarter-litre motorbike division is about to get hotter with the coming of a higher displacement Kawasaki Ninja that is likely to make its debut at the 2017 EICMA motorbike show in Milan, Italy next month. The long rumoured bike, which is likely to be called the Ninja 400, is expected to be powered by a 399cc parallel-twin motor and will eventually replace the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The motorbike was just spotted in Milwaukee, US while it was out for a shoot for the upcoming commercial. The outline of a higher displacement Ninja should not come as a surprise as the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has not updated the Kawasaki Ninja 300 to Euro-IV emission norms yet and is already facing a losing battle against the likes of the KTM RC 390 and the Yamaha R3 in terms of engine performance and general features.
The new Kawasaki Ninja 400’s parallel-twin motor is likely to deliver around 42PS of power and 37Nm of peak torque. These numbers are enough for it to go toe-to-toe against the competition. The updated specs will also put the Ninja within Europe’s A2 license policy. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch that will be part of the standard fitment. From the pictures, it can be seen that the Kawasaki Ninja 400 gets LED tail lamps, LED turn indicators, split seats, a wider rear tyre and a bigger windshield. However, it is expected that. Also expect to see upgrades to the braking hardware and suspension, while ABS will be offered as standard. Kawasaki could also present ride-by-wire and subsequently riding modes on the new Ninja 400. More details on the new Ninja, will be available at EICMA soon. There is also new supercharged motorbike creating its debut at the yearly event this year, which is rumoured to be a tourer.
Kawasaki will also implement ride-by-wire on the new bike for better throttle response. Other goodies expected on the new Kawasaki Ninja include a digital instrument console, projector headlamps and LED DRLs. The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 will be making its debut in India by early 2018. Like the Ninja 300, the upcoming motorcycle will also be assembled in Chakan near Pune. With the Ninja 400, the Japanese company will be tempted to cash in on the growing entry-level sport bike segment. The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 will compete against the KTM RC 390, DSK Benelli 302R and the soon to be re-launched Yamaha R3 in India.