2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 carries a hefty price tag of INR 4.69 lakhs and is positioned between the Ninja 300 and Z650. The Ninja 300 is designed for novice bikers while the 650 targets more experienced riders. The new Ninja 400 also competes with the Yamaha YZF-R3 and the Benelli 302R and we detail these comparisons below.
Price – While the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is priced at INR 4.69 lakhs, Ninja 300 is priced at INR 3.60 lakhs, the Yamaha YZF-R3 has a price tag of INR 3.48 lakhs and Benelli 302R is priced at INR 3.62 lakhs.
Style and features – 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 along with its competitor the Yamaha YZF-R3 get a contemporary styling as compared to that seen on the Ninja 300 and Benelli 302R. The Ninja 400 is sporty with split LED headlamps, analog and digital instrument cluster and a large analog tachometer. It is fitted on a new trellis frame offering better rigidity. Handling and dynamics are also improved on this bike that now weighs 168kgs and has a smaller fuel tank of 13.6 liters.
Ninja 300, in two color schemes of Pearl Stardust White and Lime Green receives twin headlamp set up borrowed from the ZX-10R, an analog digital instrument cluster and also a fuel gauge and pass light switch which are not seen on the Ninja 250R.
Yamaha YZF-R3 in racing blue and magma black color scheme gets ABS as standard offering it better value. However, it misses out on upside down front forks or an all digital instrument cluster as is seen on its competitors.
Benelli 302R boasts of a modern design that instantly attracts a younger set of buyers in the country. It gets fully faired body and a new trellis frame that is lighter than before. It sports upside down forks, split headlamps, twin pod exhausts, dual disc in the front and ABS.
Dimensions -2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 measures 2,020mm in length, 710mm in width and 1,120mm in height. It has kerb weight of 173 kgs and wheelbase of 1,370 mm.
The Ninja 300 measures 2,015mm in length, 715mm in width and 1,110mm in height. It has kerb weight of 172 kgs and wheelbase of 1,405mm.
Yamaha YZF-R3 has dimensions of 2,090mm length, 720mm width and 1,135mm height. It has kerb weight of 173 kgs and a wheelbase of 1,380 mm.
Benelli 302R measures 2,150mm in length, 745mm in width and 1,115mm in height. It has kerb weight of 190 kgs making it the heaviest bike among its competitors.
Engine specifications – Kawasaki Ninja 400 is powered by a 399cc twin cylinder, fuel injected DOHC engine offering 49 hp at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm torque at 8,00 rpm. The Ninja 300 gets its power via a 296cc twin cylinder, fuel injected, DOHC engine capable of 39 hp power at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm torque at 10,000 rpm. Yamaha YZF-R3 is powered by a 321 cc, twin cylinder, fuel injected, DOHC engine belting out 42 hp power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm torque at 9,000 rpm.
|Ninja 400||Twin cyl, FI, 399cc|
|Ninja 300||Twin cyl, FI, 296cc|
|R3||Twin cyl, FI, 321cc|
|302R||Twin cyl, FI, 300cc|
Benelli 302R is powered by a 300cc fuel injected, twin cylinder, DOHC engine offering 38.2 hp power at 11,500 rpm and 26.5 Nm torque at 10,000 rpm. Each of these engines gets mated to a 6 speed gearbox.
|Ninja 400||49 hp / 38 Nm|
|Ninja 300||39 hp / 27 Nm|
|R3||42 / 29.6|
|302R||38.2 / 26.5|