India Kawasaki Motors will soon expand its product portfolio with the addition of a new middleweight product, the ZX-6R. The upcoming new Kawasaki ZX-6R was seen in Pune, India, as per a report on Thrustzone.
The official launch date is still unknown, but the motorcycle will reportedly arrive in the Indian market in mid-2019, suggests the source report.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R is a performance-focused machine that packs some serious firepower. The 636cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled engine on the 2018 model delivers 129 hp of maximum power at 13,500 rpm and 70.99 Nm of peak torque at 11,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Kawasaki claims that the 636cc inline-four engine offers racetrack-ready power and is yet extremely flexible on the street. However, the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R is expected to arrive with Euro V emission compliance and we may see marginally revised performance numbers.
The rider aids on the motorcycle include Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS).
The litre-class Kawasaki ZX-10R inspires styling cues. Thus, the middleweight supersport comes equipped with an aggressive fascia, featuring a twin-pod headlight with a RAM air intake in the centre, a full fairing, muscular fuel tank and a split seat unit. The motorcycle features a clip-on handlebar that gives it committed ergonomics that are designed for the racetrack.
Inverted Showa SFF-BP fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload perform suspension duties at the front. At the rear is a Bottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, stepless compression damping adjustment, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload.
Dual 310mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted, Nissin 4-piston, monobloc calipers at the front and single 210mm petal discs with single-piston caliper at the rear perform the stopping power.
The motorcycle will compete against the Ducati 959 and the MV Agusta F3 800 in the Indian market. Yamaha is yet to bring the YZF-R6 into the country. The Triumph Motorcycles has discontinued the Daytona 675 and its replacement, the Daytona 765, is yet to be revealed. It would not be a big surprise of the ZX-6R arrives via the CKD route, just like its litre-class sibling, the ZX-10R. Local assembly will allow Kawasaki to price the product aggressively.