Kawasaki ZX-6R launching next month, price to start at Rs 10 lakhSeptember 22, 2018
There isn’t a proper fully faired, Supersports Superbike in India under 10 lakh. We are not counting the Ninja 1000 here. And this is where Kawasaki’s upcoming ZX-6R will make its mark. This bike, when launched in India, will have no direct rival. Don’t tell us you didn’t know the Triumph Daytona is no more on sale in India!
As per news coming in, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R has been seen at ARAI (automotive research association of India) for homologation formalities. This means the bike is ready for an Indian launch very soon, could be as soon as October 2018. Homologation also means the ZX-6R will be ready for Indian conditions. A SuperSports 600cc bike for Indian riders – wow!
Kawasaki has been in top-gear mode for the past few months and already have ample options in the 600cc category. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R comes mated with an in-line four 636cc motor that produces about 120 bhp of power and comes with top shelf equipment like a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Forks, fully adjustable Showa rear mono-shock damper. Braking has been taken care of by Nissin monobloc brake callipers while Bridgestone Battlax S20 tires take care of grip. Additionally, it gets three-stage traction control, two power modes and ABS.
This would also be the first Japanese supersport offering as so far Indian has been catered by the British and the Italians so far. Pricing is going to be key given the recent decision of locally assembling the ZX-10R has made it greatly affordable, if Kawasaki prices it too close to its litre-class offering, it’ll be taking quite a risky manoeuvre by doing so. The ZX-6R is already quite closely priced to its elder sibling in the USA, where the price difference is just 2 lakhs. This is due to the amount of premium kit like it already comes loaded with as mentioned above. We expect the ZX-6R to also be locally assembled in Kawasaki’s Chakan facility via the CKD route. If Kawasaki follows the same pattern as in the United States, the ZX-6R could very well be priced at around 10 lakhs, making it the most affordable supersport in the market. It’ll rival the likes of the MV Agusta F3 800, Ducati Panigale 959 and if Triumph decides to revive its raining champion then the Daytona 765.