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Last Updated : May 20, 2019 03:43 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Kawasaki launches Ninja ZX-10R priced at Rs 13.99 lakh

The bike comes to India via the CKD (Completely knocked down) route and will be locally assembled. In terms of cosmetics, the bike remains unchanged except for a few stickers.

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After the opening of bookings for one of the most affordable litre-class supersport bikes last month, the bike has finally launched. The 2020 Kawasaki ZX-10R gets a price tag of Rs 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom) but also gets upgrades to justify the price hike.

The bike comes to India via the CKD (Completely knocked down) route and will be locally assembled. In terms of cosmetics, the bike remains unchanged except for a few stickers.

The upgrades, however, are aplenty. The engine, while the same 998cc inline-four cylinder powerplant, now gets finger-follower valve actuation in place of tappet-style. This reduces the mass by 20 percent and effectively helps the engine churn out 3 PS more power amounting to 203 PS maximum and 213 PS when mated to a RAM air intake. Torque comes in at 114.9 Nm.

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Kawasaki says the ZX-10R is based on the WSBK race machine and comes very close to it in terms of rideability. Suspension comes via 43mm front forks with compression and rebound damping and preload adjustability. To keep things manageable, the ZX-10R also employs the use of a steering damper especially-designed by Ohlins. Another update to the supersport is the addition of a bi-directional quick-shifter.

The new bike still gets all of the old riding aids such as traction control (S-KRTC), launch control (KLCM), cornering management function (KCMF), ABS (KIBS), etc.

The bike is available only in limited numbers, and the company has not made any mention of how many units are still available. Dealerships are still accepting bookings, however, and deliveries are expected to begin in June.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R may cost Rs 13.99 lakh. But, even with a slight price hike, it is the most affordable supersport bike in India. Its rivals, the Honda CBR1000RR and the BMW S1000RR cost significantly more at Rs 16.41 lakh and Rs 18.05 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) respectively.

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First Published on May 20, 2019 01:28 pm
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