The Z400 is the naked version of the Ninja 400 currently offered on Kawasaki’s product portfolio. Unveiled during the 2018 EICMA Show in Italy, the motorcycle follows the brand’s ‘Sugomi’ design language from other siblings like the Z650, Z900 and the litre-class Z1000.
Built around a lightweight trellis frame, the Z400 has an intimidating look thanks to the angular design of the front cowl and the dark meter visor completed by the tank extensions. It gets full-LED lighting with a distinct headlamp design. Moving to the rear, the Z400 gets the same tail section including the split seat of the fully-faired Ninja 400. The motorcycle has an upright yet slightly aggressive riding stance due to the raised single-piece handlebar.
The Z400 gets its power from the same 399cc, liquid-twin parallel-twin mill that has been borrowed from the Ninja 400. The motor produces 48.3bhp of maximum power and 30Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch.
Suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic forks up front and Uni-Trak swingarm with 5-way preload setting to adjust the stiffness and ride height as required. Meanwhile, braking is taken care by 310mm semi-floating disc with a 2-piston caliper for the front and 220mm disc for the rear with ABS as standard.
When launched, the Kawasaki Z400 will face direct competition from the KTM 390 Duke and the BMW G 310 R.