Kawasaki India will soon update its portfolio with the launch of the BS6-compliant Ninja 400 in our market. The updated model, which is already available in Euro5-compliant form in the international markets, will sit above the Ninja 300 and retail at a premium price tag. Here we tell you what to expect from the India-bound Ninja 400.
The Ninja 400 has already received Euro5-compliance which is equivalent to the BS6 emission norms. The updated model retains the 399cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled layout. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the motor is tuned to produce 44bhp and 37Nm of peak torque in the Euro5 version. The power output remains unchanged but the torque has come down by 1Nm over the previous model. We expect the BS6 version to pack the same numbers.
The latest iteration of the Ninja 400 does not get any design changes and the motorcycle continues to feature the Ninja H2-inspired styling. This includes a sharp design for the twin-pod headlight, fairing-integrated front turn indicators, fairing-mounted rear-view mirrors, a muscular 14-litre fuel tank, split-style seat, and a side-slung exhaust with a dual-tone finish.
Internationally, the Ninja 400 is available in two colours — Lime Green with Ebony (KRT Edition) and Metallic Carbon Gray with Metallic Matte Carbon Gray. The Lime Green with Ebony (KRT Edition) features sporty decals across the fairing, fuel tank, and rear panel. In comparison, the Metallic Carbon Gray with Metallic Matte Carbon Gray gets a stealthier look with a few highlights of green on the fairing and alloy wheels. We expect to see the Lime Green with Ebony (KRT Edition) in the Indian market.
Similar to the design, the hardware on the Ninja 400, too, remains similar to the old model. Thus, the suspension tasks are handled by 41mm telescopic front forks and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock. The anchoring tasks are performed by a single 310mm at the front and a single 220mm rotor at the back – both featuring a petal-type design.
Similar to the previous version, the Ninja 400 is expected to arrive in limited numbers. We expect it to carry a price premium over the old model that was sold at Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom).