Kawasaki brings in Ninja 400

Japanese motorcycle giant Kawasaki Motors Corporation, a specialist in performance bike, has added another Ninja to its line-up in India to boost its sales in the growing high-end motorcycles market in India.

The new Ninja 400 with a price tag of Rs 4.69 lakh will take on the popular Bajaj Dominar 400 which has a similar size engine but is priced lower at Rs 1.5 lakh. The new Ninja bike is powered by a parallel twin, liquid-cooled 400cc engine, and mated to a 6-speed transmission. While the Ninja’s top-speed is 190 kmph, its peak power is 49 ps.

The lightweight, sharp-looking, high-performance, sport model offers excitement and ease of riding to a wide range of customers.

“While the Ninja 300 is mainly made for beginners and the Ninja 650 is popular among experienced riders. However, the new Ninja 400 fits the bill for those who are willing to buy a sports bike between 300 and 650cc,” Yutaka Yamashita, managing director at India Kawasaki Motors, said. The Ninja 400 features a trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2. Kawasaki’s dynamic rigidity analysis was used to ensure optimum rigidity with light weight. Apart from this like the Ninja H2, the new Ninja 400 features a swingarm mounting plate.

The segment where the Ninja is positioned does not have too much competition currently. The KTM RC 390 is the only direct competitor to the Ninja 400 in terms of engine power but is priced nearly half as compared to the Japanese model.

Monthly volumes is this segment are around 6,000-7,000 units.

The Ninja 400 is the sixth model from Kawasaki under the Ninja brand which extends from a twin cylinder 300cc to a massive 4 cylinder 1400cc.

The Ninja 400 will be available in green colour which is a KRT edition and it will be assembled in Kawasaki’s factory in Chakan, near Pune.

The bike comes in the market with an exclusive launch offer for limited customers if bookings are done in April 2018.

At present, the Pune-based India Kawasaki Motors sells Ninja 300, Ninja 400, Ninja 650, Ninja 1000, Versys 300, Versys 650, Z250, Z650 and Vulcan S in the country which are assembled, while Ninja 1000 is produced as semi knocked down.