2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 launched in India at INR 4.69 lakhs
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
India Kawasaki has launched the much-awaited middleweight motorcycle, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in India. The bike has been priced at INR 4,69,000, ex-showroom Delhi. It is assembled at Kawasaki's plant in Chakan, Pune.
The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 features an all-new engine and chassis. The bike boasts a futuristic styling inspired by the legendary Ninja H2. Chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl draw inspiration from the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R. The twin headlights are all-LED units. The LED taillight design, inspired by the 2016 Ninja ZX- 10R, contributes to the sharp rear-end design. The Ninja 400 is equipped with the same analogue-digital combo cluster as the Ninja 650. The Ninja 400 will be available in green colour (KRT Edition). The riding ergonomics is relaxed yet sporty, making it a potent sports tourer.
Commenting at the launch, Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors said:
Ninja 300 is mainly made for beginners and Ninja 650 is popular among experienced riders. However, Ninja 400 fits the bill for those who are willing to buy a sports bike between 300 and 650cc. With the introduction of Ninja 400 we have created a good family of Ninja series. As of now Ninja 400 will be available in limited numbers, because Ninja 300 is still our flagship model in India and it will be continued along with other Ninja models.
Powering the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a new 399 cc parallel twin engine with a new downdraft intake and larger airbox. The cover for the radiator fan directs heat away from the rider, making it easy to ride in the city as well. The powerplant is good for 49 PS at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm at 8,000 rpm. Pairing with the engine is a 6-speed transmission. The engine sits inside the h2-inspired trellis frame. Brakes include 310 mm front and 220 mm rear petal disc, with ABS.
Comparing the Ninja 300, this motorcycle is INR 1,09,000 more expensive. But for the premium, customers get a much more powerful bike with dual-channel ABS as standard. However, the pricing is dangerously close to the Kawasaki Z650, which is only INR 30,000 more expensive than the Ninja 400.