In a surprising turn of events, Kawasaki India has launched the new Ninja ZX-4R in India at Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom India). The Japanese inline-four screamer doesn’t have a natural rival in our market, but the Honda CBR650R is the only closest competitor.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R is powered by a new 400cc inline four-cylinder powerhouse that belts out a ridiculous 78 bhp at 14,500 rpm and 3.97 kgm at 13,000 rpm. To put that into perspective, this Kwacker packs power similar to a Ducati Scrambler but the torque is the same as a KTM 390 Duke.
Kawasaki has cradled this engine in a steel trellis frame that is suspended onto Showa Separate Function Fork and a linked gas-charged monoshock. And to drop the anchor on this supersport, Kawasaki has employed twin 290mm discs at the front with radial calipers and a single 220mm disc at the rear. The ZX-4R tips the scales at 189 kg (kerb).
The new ZX-4R features a comprehensive electronics suite, too. Its four riding modes – Sport, Rain, Road and Rider (manual), which have different performance as well as traction control settings. All of these settings can be accessed through the TFT console which also flaunts Bluetooth connectivity.
On the design front, well, it definitely looks aggressive but also quite similar to the Ninja ZX-25R and the Ninja ZX-6R… and the Ninja 400. But with all the performance on tap, we aren’t complaining.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R seems an expensive proposition for a 400cc motorcycle, but it will be coming to India via the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route. This bike may not be the best option for your mundane commutes, but should be an absolute blast on the race track and the canyons. We’ll be riding this bike soon, so stay tuned.