Kawasaki Ninja 400 to debut in India at the 2018 Auto Expo
Kawasaki has upped the ante in the compact displacement sports bike segment by fielding the all-new Ninja 400, which made its global debut a few weeks back. Now, the motorbike is all ready for India launch, which will occur at the 2018 Auto Expo. Destined to succeed the 300 cc version, Kawasaki Ninja 400, as the name suggests, comes with increment in displacement, power and torque. First things first, the new fully-faired compact Kwacker is powered by a brand new 399-cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is tuned to dish out an remarkable 45 PS (6 PS more than the 300) and 38 Nm of torque (11 Nm higher).
Coupled to a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch (reduces lever effort by 20%), the motor is claimed to offer better performance throughout the range and a higher low-down torque. All this while retaining its predecessor’s smooth throttle response and rider friendly character. It’s not just the motor. Kawasaki developers have come up with a new steel trellis frame which has led to a weight saving of 6 kg, ensuing in a kerb weight of 168 kg (with all the fluids). As expected, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is equipped with inverted telescopic front fork and rear monoshock suspension system. The new Ninja sports the major front disc in its segment at 310-mm. The Nissin braking system is aided by ABS. The design as well is fresh to go along with the new hardware. The influence of the Ninja H2 is quite apparent in this subdivision with a conspicuous front fascia, muscular fuel tank (14 litres) and a sporty tail piece. Kawasaki says that the large volume bodywork is designed to offer excellent wind protection to the rider.
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is likely to hit I the Indian shore in the first half of 2019 and will eventually replace the Ninja 300 in all the markets, including India. The new Kawasaki India plant began production in September 2017. Along with working on 250–650 cc bikes assembled by IKM in India, the new plant will begin local manufacture of the Ninja 1000.