India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) might assemble their popular Z800 middle weight street fighter in India, which will eventually reduce the price of this bike by at least Rs. 1 lakh. Launched in January 2014, this bike is presently being imported from Thailand as a CBU.
In January 2015, the bike saw a significant rise in demand following a price reduction by Rs. 50000. The automaker has already recorded a single day sales of 20 units of the bike on 18th February, 2015 from its Pune showroom. All those 20 units were delivered to customers from Pune and Mumbai. Later, with the growing demand the automaker opened new showroom in Mumbai on 21st June, 2015. Now the Z800 is expected to be assembled in Bajaj’s Akurdi plant. Presently the bike bears a price tag of Rs. 8.30 lakh (on road, Delhi). In that case the price cut take the bikes price nearly Rs. 7.30 lakh, which will surely take up the Z800’s game against the Triumph Street Tripple and Honda CBR650F. The 649 cc engine powered, 85 bhp generating Honda CBR650F is presently assembled locally in India at the Honda’s Manesar plant. It comes with a price tag around Rs. 7.99 lakh (on road, Delhi).
The Z800 is built on a steel backbone chassis. It sports a sharp and aggressive stance. Power source for the bike is an 806 cc four stroke inline four cylinder liquid cooled engine, which is paired with a six speed transmission which churns out 113 bhp of peak power. It gets USD fork at the front wheel, and the rear wheel gets bottom link Uni-trak horizontal mono shock suspension. The twin disks at the front and the rear single disk comes equipped with ABS. If the Kawasaki Z800 finally gets locally assembled on Indian soil, it will be the sixth production model to be locally assembled in the country after the Z250, Ninja 300, Ninja 650, ER-6n and Versys 650.
Source: Autocar Pro