Kawasaki has revealed the 2020 Z650 with several styling and feature updates. The 2020 iteration of the Japanese brand’s middleweight naked roadster packs an all-new LED headlight and a revised cockpit that now has a colour TFT display – both features that are already seen on the new Ninja 650.
The updated headlight is accompanied by a revised headlamp cowl that benefits from new graphics, sharp chin spoiler, new meter cover, and more forward-slanting lines. The new, full-LED headlight draws styling cues from the existing Z range products – the Z H2, Z900 and the Z400. The new feature will help the Z650 to keep up with the growing competition in the segment.
The updated instrument console, similar to the new Ninja 650, benefits from Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth setup works with the “RIDEOLOGY THE APP” smartphone application. The smartphone app can be used to record riding log, check latest status update and get a call/mail notification from the phone on the TFT display.
The fuel tank retains most of the styling cues, although the shrouds get a revised design with the MY2020 update. The new shrouds carry a sharper design than the previous model. The tank is followed by a split-style saddle setup that looks almost similar to its predecessor. However, Kawasaki has made the pillion seat thicker for better comfort. Kawasaki states that the rear seat gets thicker urethane that is about 5 mm thicker at the centre and 10 mm thicker at the sides.
The 2020 iteration of the Kawasaki Z650 will be available in three colour options:
- Metallic Spark Black
- Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
- Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Spark Black
Powering the bike is a 649 cc parallel-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC motor that now produces 68 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 64 Nm at 6,700 engine revs. The power output figure is identical to the Indian-spec (Euro-IV/BS-IV) model's engine, although the peak torque is lower by 1.7 Nm. The twin-cylinder mill continues being linked to a six-speed gearbox.
The braking department comprises 300 mm, dual semi-floating, petal-type discs with dual-piston callipers at the front and a 220 mm single, petal-type rotor with a single-piston calliper at the back. Shock absorption hardware includes 41 mm telescopic forks at the front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at the back.