- Adopts the ‘Sugomi’ streetfighter design.
- Is powered by the same 399cc, parallel-twin engine as the Ninja 400.
- Likely to arrive in India next year.
Kawasaki has taken the wraps of the Z400 streetfighter at the EICMA 2018.
The bike carries forward the ‘Sugomi’ design language from its bigger siblings, the Z650 and Z900 and Z1000. However, unlike the latter, the Z400 gets an angular headlamp with full-LED lighting. The tank is muscular and gets edgy tank shrouds to complete the streetfighter look. Kawasaki has equipped the Z400 with an analogue tachometer and LCD unit that displays all basic information.
The bike offers an upright yet slightly aggressive riding position thanks to the higher set, single-piece handlebar. Nevertheless, the rear section is derived from its full-faired version, the Ninja 400 and sports a split seat. The Z400 also uses the same 399cc, parallel-twin engine from the latter. This unit produces 48.3bhp and 38Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch.
It rides on 41mm conventional front forks and a monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are handled by a 310mm front disc and a 220mm disc for the rear with ABS as standard. With a kerb weight of 167kg, the Z400 is a kilo lighter than its fully-faired counterpart.
We can expect the Kawasaki Z400 to reach Indian shores sometime next year carrying a price tag of around Rs 4 lakhs. It is likely to be assembled in the manufacturer’s Chakan plant and will directly compete against the KTM 390 Duke here.