Aggressive looking Kawasaki ZX10R is expected to be more appealing to buyers in India. And why not, it is the most advanced Kawasaki motorcycle today. It features a 998 cc liquid cooled in-line 4 engine that delivers 200 PS power and 112 Nm torque. Max power output with Ram Air increases to 209.9 PS. Power deliver is linear while transmission is taken care by a 6 speed gearbox. Top speed is at 290 kmph whereas 0-100 is achieved in about 2.85 seconds.
Powered by 1441 cc liquid cooled inline 4 engine, ZX14R delivers 200 PS power and 162.5 Nm torque, with Ram Air, it delivers 210 PS. Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R is the flagship motorcycle of the Japanese company. It is also their fastest and most powerful till date. Accelerating from 0-100 kmph in less than 3 seconds, this monster has electronically limited top speed of 299 kmph.
Both these supersport category bikes from Kawasaki features state of the art technology, where performance and safety is concerned. This include traction control system, called KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), which lets you select from 3 modes, according to road condition and your driving mood. Same goes for power delivery. There are three modes, one which gives you full power, second gives you about 75% power and third gives you about 50% of power output. This is incredible, considering if you are new to riding such a powerful machine. This feature will let you understand your bike in stages.
Another interesting announcement made by Kawasaki officials at the launch was that both these bikes will not be sold at Bajaj Probiking outlets. Instead they will be sold at Kawasaki stand alone stores, first of which is going to open in Pune on 7th September. So as of now, ZX10R and ZX14R will only be sold in Pune. New stores across major Indian cities will open shortly. Speaking about why the decision to go solo, Kawasaki officials said that they will be better experienced (compared to Bajaj Probiking) in marketing and servicing these supersport bikes.
Speaking about expected sales, Kawasaki expects to capture about 20% market share in this segment. Currently, the supersport bike segment sees about 400 unit sales per year. This is increasing at 30% every year and by 2015, they have targeted a 20% share. Their competition includes Suzuki Hayabusa, Yamaha R1, Vmax, FZ1, Honda CB1000R, VFR 1200F, CBR100R, etc.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Yuji Horiuchi, MD, India Kawasaki Motors said, “We would take this opportunity to thank our partners Bajaj Auto for the incessant support in setting up this business and will look forward to their continued collaboration in the future. With the positive feedback on our existing models such as Ninja 300 and Ninja 650, I am confident that the new launches will also be accepted by the Indian consumers enthusiastically. India is an important market more us and which is why we have brought the latest and the best of Ninja’s portfolio in the country. We are optimistic of introducing 1-2 launches of this stature every-year.”
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