Kawasaki’s Chakan facility is used for assembling the highly popular ZX10R and ZX10RR litre-class motorcycles resulting in the huge price decrease
India Kawasaki Motors Private Limited has launched the 2018 Ninja ZX10R at an astonishing price tag of Rs. 12.8 lakh while the prices for its ZX10RR sibling start from Rs. 16.10 lakh (both prices ex-showroom introductory). The Japanese manufacturer had been selling both the motorcycles via CBU route and courtesy of the local assembly, the prices have gone down by almost Rs. 6 lakh.
Bookings have commenced across all Kawasaki dealerships in India with an initial payment of Rs. 3 lakh. The main reason for the huge decrease in pricing is that bikes sold through CBU (Completely Built Units) channel incur higher taxes when compared to the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) based models as they get to be assembled locally.
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Kawasaki’s Chakan facility is used for assembling the highly popular ZX10R and ZX10RR litre-class motorcycles. The former becomes the least expensive in its category in the country due to the local assembly as Honda CBR1000RR is now costlier by nearly Rs. 2 lakh. The top-spec 2018 Kawasaki ZX10RR is almost Rs. 6 lakh cheaper compared to its previous pricing of Rs. 21.9 lakh (ex-showroom).
The ZX10R is available in KRT Edition green and the ZX10RR in matte black which will be sold in limited numbers. The litre-class Kawasakis derive power from a 998 cc inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 113.5 Nm of peak torque delivered at 11,500 rpm. It is connected to a six-speed transmission with quickshifter offered as standard.
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The slew of electronic aids present includes multi power modes, Kawasaki Launch Control, Kawasaki Traction Control, Kawasaki Braking Control, Kawasaki ABS Control, Cornering Management Function, Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit, Kawasaki Engine Braking Function, etc. The track-based ZX10RR gets a number of mechanical modifications such as new cylinder head with higher camshaft lift and reinforced crankcase among others.
It runs on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres wrapped in Marchesini forged aluminium alloy wheels and uses Brembo M50 brake calipers with grooved rotors and radial master cylinder. The ZX10R employs 330 mm Brembo semi floating front discs and 220 mm rear disc brake.
It rivals Yamaha YZF-R1, Suzuki GSX1000R, BMW S1000RR and Honda CBR1000RR. Using the same principal, if Kawasaki could locally assemble its entry-level motorcycles, it would reach even more customers in India.