Kawasaki pulled the plug from Z250 in India, will there be Z300?
The esteemed Japanese bike maker, Kawasaki has discontinued the Z250 street naked motorcycle in India. Z250 was an entry-level naked bike in Kawasaki’s Indian portfolio which was priced at Rs 3.08 lakh ex-showroom. Last year when Ninja 300’s price was dropped from Rs 3.6 lakh to Rs 2.98 lakh, its sales boosted to new heights. However, the sales of Z250 came down to zero units.
There were few instances where Z250 clocked a single digit sales once in a while but it had become a sales dud for the company. Indians, who mostly favor faired bikes over their naked counterparts, stuck with the Ninja 300. One more thing to note is that, despite being Rs 12,000 costlier than Ninja 300, it had an output of just 31.5bhp whereas Ninja pumped out 38.5bhp from its 300cc engine.
Powering Z250 was same old 250cc parallel twin engine which did duty on now discontinued Ninja 250R. The engine made 31.5bhp at 11,000rpm and 21Nm of twisting force at 10,000rpm. The engine was mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Speaking about the performance, Z250 did 0 to 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds and had a top speed of 160 kmph.
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Now the question arises, will Kawasaki launch Z300 in the Indian market or will keep only Ninja 300 in the entry-level segment? The answer to this question could be both yes and no. Why? Because a naked 300cc bike from Kawasaki must undercut Ninja 300 by about Rs 15,000 to 20,000.
With an ex-showroom price of Rs 2.8 to Rs 2.85 lakh, Z300 would find some homes. But now we have Duke 390 positioned at Rs 2.48 lakh. If someone wanted a naked bike, Duke 390 would be the best option. Plus, all of you must know that no one is interested in buying BMW G310R naked bike. The sales of entry-level BMW bikes are down to zero for April-May 2019.
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