Thursday, February 6, 2014

Kawasaki Z800 Launched In India at Rs. 8.05 Lakhs

Kawasaki has adopted a top-down approach for India after it went independent. The firm launched the Z800 priced at Rs. 8.05 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Kawasaki Ninja Z800 is powered by a 806cc, in-line 4-cylinder engine which generates 113 PS of power and 83 Nm of torque; the bike tips the weighing scale at 231 kgs. Kawasaki has equipped the Z800 with features like ABS, upside-down forks, etc.
The bike will compete directly with the Ducati Monster 796. Kawasaki has two dealerships in India and the second one was inaugurated today at the launch of the Z800 in Delhi.
Kawasaki is hopeful about India. The company sells its locally assembled models (Ninja 300 and Ninja 650) through Bajaj-KTM’s probiking network (comprising of more than 50 outlets). Kawasaki plans to expand its exclusive superbike showrooms to 5 outlets by end of 2015. The company sold 1025 units last year, 25 of which were CBUs while the rest were locally assembled models. The Z800 has been brought to India via via the CBU route and local manufacturing will be considered only when volumes are more than 200 units per model.
Kawasaki plans to sell 40% more locally assembled models this year and slowly we could see the complete Kawasaki lineup on sale in the sub-continent. The good times are indeed rolling for bikers with deep pockets.

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