Kawasaki India has been making the moves in the Indian market by launching products in various segments. The recent addition is the Kawasaki Ninja 400 motorcycle. This sportsbike has been priced at Rs 4.69 lakh ex-showroom, India. The Ninja 400 will not replace the Ninja 300 that costs Rs 3.65 lakh ex-showroom. Before this, Kawasaki Z900RS was launched in February 2018
Look & Design
Lookwise, the Ninja 400 seems to have grown from the Ninja 300 design but ends up looking beefier. This essentially comes down to more muscular LED headlights and fairing. The instrumentation cluster is borrowed from its bigger sibling Ninja 650. The LED taillamp shape is inspired by the mighty Kawasaki H2.
Engine & Gearbox
Giving Ninja 400 the punch is a 399cc, parellel twin, liquid cooled engine that makes 45 PS of power at 10,000 rpm and 37 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. Comparing these numbers to the Ninja 300, power is up by 8 PS and torque is up by 10 Nm. Kawasaki Ninja 400 utilises 6-speed constant mesh gearbox.
The Ninja 400 get several performance updates like bigger airbox for more efficiency and power as well. Then there is a slipper clutch that helps to keep the bike stable on hard downshifts. This feature makes the bike safer for a novice rider and helps experienced rider go faster. Kawasaki says that this motorcycle can compete with the higher capacity motorcycles too. The suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks ar the front and monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes from the 310m front disc and 220mm rear disc.
What MD of the company said
On the launch, Yutaka Yamashita, MD of Kawasaki India said, “Ninja 300 is mainly made for beginners and Ninja 650 is popular among experienced riders. However, Ninja 400 fits the bill for those who are willing to buy a sports bike between 300 and 650cc.”
Yamashita added: “With the introduction of Ninja 400 we have created a good family of Ninja series. As of now, Ninja 400 will be available in limited numbers, because Ninja 300 is still our flagship model in India and it will be continued along with other Ninja models.”
Presently, the Ninja 400 is only offered in the green KRT edition paint scheme. The motorcycle will be assembled at the Chakan, Pune facility. Since a limited number of Ninja 400 will be sold in India, the launch offer is exclusive for people who book the motorcycle in April 2018.
For a little bit extra, Kawasaki Vulcan S cruiser is also available Rs 5.44 lakh
Watch the studio video of Ninja 400