Report – Kawasaki launch Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-14R in India, announce standalone dealers
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R have been launched in India today at Rs. 15.7 lakhs and Rs. 16.9 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune) respectively.
The brand-shapers and will be imported as CBUs. Kawasaki has also planned to retail the big bikes through dedicated dealerships rather than relying on Bajaj’s Probiking outlets. The first of the exclusive Kawasaki dealerships is located at Wakewadi in Pune which will be inaugurated on September 7th.
The ZX-10R is powered by a 998cc in-line four cylinder engine that belts out 195bhp and 112 Nm of torque, harnessed by a 6-speed gearbox. The superbike takes just 2.8 seconds to reach triple digit speeds from rest and has a top speed of 299kph (limited). The bike comes equipped with Sports-Kawasaki Traction Control (SKTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent ABS (KIBS) and three power modes – Full (100%), Middle (75%) and Low (50%).
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R gets its power from a 1,441cc in-line 4-cylinder engine which whips out a power output of 195bhp and torque output of 155 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The Suzuki Hayabusa rival takes just 2.9 seconds to reach 100kph from rest and has an electronically limited top speed of 299kph.
Bookings in Maharashtra for the duo will begin tomorrow while deliveries would commence by the end of September. Kawasaki say the litre-class segment in India is presently growing at 20-25% every year and that it aims to capture a market share of 20% by 2015.
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