According to recent reports, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 might get a huge price cut. It suggests that Kawasaki India is planning to heavily localize the twin-cylinder 296cc sports bike. This will allow the company to price this motorcycle very aggressively.
This iconic bike from Kawasaki was launched in India in 2013 as an update to the then existing quarter liter Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Although it is a great bike, the steep price of ₹3.60 lakh (ex-showroom) has prevented this motorcycle from reaching the masses.
Currently, the Ninja 300 sold in India is a completely knocked down (CKD) kit from Thailand. The report suggests that a number of components including the bodywork, lights, wiring, battery and a few other internal components will be locally manufactured. It is believed that the price may be cut down by as much as ₹1 lakh. This will bring the price much closer to the KTM RC390 and the TVS Apache RR310, making it the cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycle in India. This could also affect the cost of spare parts, which are expensive at the moment.
With the massive price drop, the Ninja 300 will be in direct competition with the KTM RC390, TVS Apache RR310, and the upcoming BMW G310R This can also take a significant market share away from the similar Yamaha YZF R3, which is priced at ₹3.48 lakh (ex-showroom). People in the market for a 300cc motorcycle will be delighted to hear this news.
The newly launched Kawasaki Ninja 400 will continue to be imported as a CKD unit from Thailand with a current price of ₹ 5.18 lakh (ex-showroom). Although the Ninja 400 has replaced the Ninja 300 in most markets, Kawasaki India continues to sell both the models in the Indian market.
The baby ninja runs a 296cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, 4 stroke parallel twin engine which produces 39ps (@11,000 RPM) and 27Nm torque (@10,000 RPM). This is paired with a 6-speed transmission and comes with assist and slipper clutch as standard. It uses a tubular steel frame and weighs in at 172Kg. It borrows design elements from its bigger counterpart, the Ninja ZX-10R. With big dual multi-reflector headlamps, a clean fin design and large ventilation holes in the fairing, the Ninja 300 is definitely a mean looking machine.
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