Kawasaki dealerships in India have commenced deliveries of the locally assembled Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in the country. On 29 June, Kawasaki launched the ‘Made in India’ Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-10RR in India.
As reported on 16 July, both bikes sold-out in within 15 days of launch. The locally assembled Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R costs INR 12.80 lakh, while the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR gets a price tag of INR 16.10 lakh (both the prices are ex-showroom Delhi). Kawasaki dealerships have received around 100 bookings for the motorcycles across India. The bikes were earlier imported via the CBU route, priced from INR 18.80 lakh (ex-showroom India).
Local assembly of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-10RR has resulted in a massive price cut of INR 6 lakh. The incredible market response for the motorcycles led to Kawasaki to stop accepting bookings for the Ninja ZX-10R with immediate effect. While the new Ninja ZX-10R is offered in the KRT Edition colour scheme, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR only gets the black paint scheme.
Powering the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a 998 cc, inline four, liquid-cooled engine that is capable of generating a maximum power of 197 bhp at 13,000 rpm while developing a peak torque of 113.5 Nm at 11,500 rpm, mated to a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycle can sprint from 0-100 kph in 2.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 299 kph.
Electronic rider aids on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R include Kawasaki launch control (KLCM), traction control(S-KTRC), multi-level power modes, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, switchable ABS control (KIBS), engine braking function (KEBC), and cornering management (KCMF). An inertial measuring unit (IMU) controls the electronic riding suite.
The Kawasaki ZX-10R competes with the Yamaha YZF-R1, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale 1299 and the Suzuki GSX1000R. The ‘Made in India’ Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-10RR are available only as single-seat variants to evade homologation requirements like offering a saree guard and providing pillion footrests.