Just last year, Kawasaki India had slashed price of their Ninja 1000 by a huge amount. The reason – from selling the bike as a CBU, they decided to sell it as a SKD (Semi-Knock Down units). Now, if we are to believe a new report, Kawasaki India is planning something similar with the ZX10R.
Until last month, Kawasaki ZX10R was being sold as a CBU at an ex-showroom price tag of Rs 18.8 lakh. On road price of the bike is about Rs 22-23 lakhs. On 29th June 2018, Kawasaki India announced the launch of made in India (CKD) version of ZX10R at a price of just Rs 12.8 lakhs, ex-showroom.
Thanks to this huge price reduction of Rs 6 lakhs, the bike is now sold out. This is the same case which was seen with Ninja 1000, but this time it happened even faster. In fact, never before has a liter class sportsbike been sold out in 15 days of launch in India. This is a new record for Indian auto industry’s growing sportsbike segment.
Powered by a 998cc liquid cooled inline 4, ZX10R is one of the fastest and most powerful machines in the segment. The engine delivers peak power of 197 hp and 113.5 Nm via 6 speed gearbox. It does a 0-100 kmph in 2.8 second and has a top speed of 299 kmph.
Speaking to a Kawasaki dealer, he confirmed that deliveries of the ZX10R are yet to commence. Not a single unit has been delivered yet. But in spite of that, all the allotted units from the first lot are sold out. It is not clear when the bookings will re-open.
Kawasaki ZX10R rivals the likes of Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Yamaha R1, Suzuki GSX1000R, BMW S1000RR and so on. Of all these, it is the Fireblade which comes the closest to the ZX10R in price, at Rs 14.68 lakhs.