CHEAPER Kawasaki Ninja 300: Launch date of KTM RC390 rival revealed

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is all set to become India’s cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycle thanks to Kawasaki’s new  localisation strategy. The localised Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be launched in India on Friday, the 20th of July, according to a teaser that the Japanese brand released yesterday, which has now been deleted.

The  motorcycle is expected to get a massive price cut, making it a direct rival of the KTM RC390 in terms of pricing.  What this also means is that you can expect a price tag close to the Rs. 2.5 lakh mark. Currently, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 without localisation sells for Rs. 3.6 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai. The motorcycle will continue to be assembled at India Kawasaki Motor’s Chakan factory, but with many localised parts.

It’ll be interesting to see if Kawasaki adds ABS to the localised version of the Ninja 300 considering the fact that, single channel ABS is now mandatory at the very least, for all motorcycles with displacements above 125 cc in India. For now, the Ninja 300 sold in India is available without ABS. It gets twin-disc brakes though. Kawasaki may be able to hold  off without adding ABS to the motorcycle until April 2019 as the Ninja 300 is technically not a new motorcycle being  launched in India, but is more of a cut-price version thanks to localisation.

Other key bits in the localised Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be the same as before. The motorcycle will continue to operate with a 300-cc, four-stroke twin-cylinder engine. The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor with twin overhead camshafts and four valves in each cylinder will make 39 Bhp of  peak power at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard. In terms of performance, the smooth and rev happy 300-cc motor will make the Ninja 300 nearly as fast as the KTM RC390 in terms of acceleration and is faster than the RC 390 in terms of top speed. After the price cut, we expect the Kawasaki Ninja 300 to be Kawasaki’s best selling motorcycle in India.