EICMA 2018, held at Milan, has been graced with the the debut of the 2019 streetfighter of the Kawasaki, the Z400. Indians will probably be lucky enough to welcome the marvel of the Japanese manufacturer sometime in the coming year. The naked bike will arrive as CKD and be assembled at the Chakan Plant in Pune with a price tag of Rs. 4 lakhs.
The Z650, Z900 and Z1000 ‘Sugomi’ design adapted beauty will draw its power from the same 399 cc , twin cylinder engine as its twin Ninja 400. The power production will be 48.3 bhp and the torque churned out will be 38 Nm. A six speed gearbox along with slipper clutch system will only make the driving experience smoother. Suspension duties will be taken care by 41 mm telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock unit. The two wheeler will come to a standstill with the help of 310 mm front disc and 220 mm rear disc with an ABS from Nissin offered as standard. The streetfighter weighs around 167 kgs, whereas the Ninja 400 is at 173 kgs. The rear tire has expanded with ratings 150/60R17.
The riding position can be rightfully described by the word aggressive, credit goes to its higher set, single piece handlebar. The seat is at a height of 785 mm. The rear section flaunts the split seat which is basically a cheat sheet from the Ninja 400, its full-faired twin. It stands out from the other bikes of the category by featuring an angular headlamp with full LED lighting. The 3.6 gallons muscular tank with its shroud cannot be more apt to go with. The trellis framed automobile is equipped with analogue tachometer and LCD unit to display basic information.
Its not the first time that Kawasaki has used the Z400 badge, it dates back to the years 1974 to 1984 for Asian and American markets. It even produced more sales number than the Honda. Unfortunately the production was stopped after the above mentioned decade. The Z400 will be quite a nuisance for other naked sportsbike if launched in India, namely, KTM 390 Duke, Beneli TNT and BMW G 310 R.
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