India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) has extended its portfolio in the Indian market with the launch of two new models, the Z250 and the ER-6n.
Mr. Yoshitaka Tamura, MD, IKM commented “The Indian market is growing at a tremendous rate and we have received positive response on all 5 bikes launched so far. We are now launching these two global models at an affordable price to strengthen our presence in the country”
Kawasaki Z250: INR 2,99,000
Kawasaki ER-6n: INR 4,78,000
(both ex- Delhi)
Both the bikes will be made available at Probiking Showrooms across the country very soon.
The Z250, which borrows its engine from the Ninja 250, produces 32 Ps of power at 11,000 rpm and 21.0 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. The ER-6n has the heart from the Ninja 650 and has a max power of 72.1 Ps @ 8,500 rpm and max torque of 64 Nm @ 7,000 rpm.
|Liquid cooled 4-stroke parallel twin||Liquid cooled 4-stroke parallel twin||Engine Type|
|649 cm3||249 cm3||Displacement|
|Fuel Injection||Fuel Injection||Fuel System|
|6-speed constant mesh, return shift||6-speed constant mesh, return shift||Transmission|
|16 Litres||17 Litres||Fuel Capacity|
|Front: 41 mm telescopik fork||Front: 37 mm telescopik fork||Suspension|
|Rear: offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload||Rear: Bottom-link Uni-Track with gas charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload|
|Front: Dual semi-floating 300mm petal disc with dual piston caliper||Front: Single 290 mm Petal disc with single balanced actuation dual piston caliper||Brakes|
|Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc with single piston caliper||Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc with dual piston caliper|
Kawasaki has managed to achieve 40% localisation for the Z250 and nearly 30% for the ER-6n which has helped a lot to keep the prices competitive. Previously the company sourced parts from Taiwan, but has now managed to purchase them from Indian manufacturers.
“The Z250 is the most competitive Kawasaki and will have the biggest impact on the Indian market ” added Yoshitaka Tamura.
When asked about the sales expected, Mr Tamura said “We expect around 200 ER-6n’s sold per year and about 300 units of the Z250 every year. We expect the total annual sales to reach 1500 units this year” The company sold nearly 1000 bikes in the year 2013.
Mr. Tamura admitted the fact that ABS is quite necessary in Indian conditions and Kawasaki is working on it but did not give a time frame or the bikes on which they will make it available.
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