India Kawasaki Motors has launched the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle at an ex-showroom price of INR13.99 lakh. The latest model of the bike is INR31,000 cheaper than the earlier version which was the most affordable litre-class sports bike available in India. Kawasaki has made the vehicle more affordable by further reducing its price.
The biggest upgrade carried out in the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R is in the powertrain. The bike is now hauled by an inline-four, 998cc motor which produces 203PS maximum power and 114.9Nm peak torque. The output is 3PS and 1.4Nm more than the earlier version. The new Ninja ZX-10R, with ram air assist, can output 213PS maximum power. The bike also gets a self-healing paint and a bidirectional quick-shifter. These two features debuted in the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. The 2019 Ninja ZX-10R is supported by 43mm, fully adjustable upside-down front fork and a horizontal, gas-linked monoshock absorber at the back. The India-specific model of the Ninja ZX-10R, unlike its international counterpart, is available with only in a single seating option. The bike also has an aluminium swingarm and Ohlins electronic steering damper.
India Kawasaki, in a statement, said that the company wants to ignite the sports bike racing spark in the Indian market. It wants to usher in the racing culture with the new Ninja ZX-10R at an affordable price. The bike has been assembled locally which will bridge the demand-supply gap and minimise the time required to bring a completely built up (CBU) model.
Kawasaki has already opened the bookings for the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R for a token amount of INR1.5 lakh. The bookings will be open until 30 May. The new Ninja ZX-10R will be a direct competitor of other litre-class motorcycles available in India like the BMW S 100 RR, Yamaha YZF-R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000R, and the Ducati Panigale V4.