Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs. 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 - Spec comparison

03/04/2018 - 11:48 | ,  ,  ,   | Praveen M

Kawasaki launched its much-hyped sports tourer, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 recently. Let’s see how it goes up against the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 on paper.

Kawasaki Ninja 400 KRT Edition right side
The bike is available only in one colour for the Indian market- KRT Edition green.

Mid-capacity sports tourers are one of the perfect motorcycles for the Indian market. The bikes power output is usable, and the maintenance costs are also affordable enough to make a hassle-free riding experience. The Kawasaki Ninja 400 features a design language inspired by the Ninja H2 and the ZX-10R. The bike gets LED headlights and tail lamp. The Yamaha YZF-R3, on the other hand, comes with twin halogen headlamps and a LED tail light. Both bikes have sporty yet comfortable ergonomics.

SpecificationsKawasaki Ninja 4002018 Yamaha YZF-R3
Engine399 cc parallel twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection321 cc in-line twin DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Peak Power49 PS at 10,000 rpm42 PS at 10,750 rpm
Maximum Torque38 Nm at 8,000 rpm29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm
Transmission6-Speed6-speed
Front Suspension41 mm telescopic forkTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionBottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged monoshock with adjustable preloadMonocross type suspension
Front Brake310 mm petal disc with ABS298 mm disc with ABS
Rear Brake220 mm petal disc with ABS220 mm disc with ABS
Front Tyre Size110/70R17 M/C 54H Dunlop SportmaxMetzeler Sportec M5 Interact 110/70R-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)
Rear Tyre Size150/60R17 M/C 66H Dunlop SportmaxMetzeler Sportec M5 Interact 140/70R-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
Fuel Tank Capacity14 litres14 litres
Kerb Weight173 kg173 kg
Seat Height785 mm780 mm
PriceINR 4,69,000, ex-showroom DelhiINR 3,48,000, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 outperforms the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 because of its bigger engine and better output. It also gets a bigger front disc than the R3, and petal design helps in dissipating heat quicker. Both the bikes have the same fuel tank capacity. Despite having a bigger engine, the Ninja and the R3 weigh the same.

2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Black front right quarter
Yamaha launched the bike at this year's Auto Expo in February.

Also Read: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Benelli 302R – spec comparison

Both the bikes are CKD offerings. However, customers may find the stratospheric pricing of the Ninja extremely off-putting. The R3 is INR 1.21 lakhs cheaper while offering comparable levels of power. The Ninja 400 will be available in limited numbers while the R3 is a normal, full-fledged production model.

Kawasaki Ninja 400 - Image Gallery

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