Dimensions – Overall length, width and height of Kawasaki Z250 is very similar to other bikes in the ring, at 2,010 x 750 x 1,025 mm respectively. Vital dimensions like saddle height, wheelbase and ground clearance of Z250 are very close to those of Kawasaki Ninja 300, at 785 mm, 1,400 mm and 145 mm respectively. Comparing Z250 with KTM RC 390 and 200, former has shortest seat height and ground gap, and longest wheelbase. Honda CBR 250R is similar to Z250 in terms of saddle height and ground clearance, while wheelbase is longer than KTM RCs but not as spread out as Kawasakis.
Engine – Kawasaki Z250 is powered by discontinued Ninja 250’s engine, which is a 249 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor producing 32 PS max. power and 21 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed gearbox. Power-wise, Z250 gets slotted way below KTM RC 390 and Ninja 300, and significantly above RC 200 and Honda CBR 250R. Whereas, peak torque of Z250 places it just ahead of the last, which is KTM RC 200. CBR 250R has marginally better torque than Z250 at much lower engine speed. KTM RC 390 is the leader in this department, with 43.5 PS and 35 Nm. Kawasaki Ninja 300 stands right behind with output of 39 PS and 27 Nm. Honda CBR 250R pushes 26.5 PS and 22.9 Nm, while RC 200 generates only 25 PS and 19.2 Nm. All bikes have 6 speed gearbox.
Price – Kawasakis are pricey indeed, Z250 wears a price tag of Rs. 2.99 lakhs, which is slightly less than Ninja 300, priced at Rs. 3.50 lakhs. KTM RC 390 remains to be the best choice for those who crave for blistering power at very reasonable price, of Rs. 2.05 lakhs (introductory). Price of KTM RC 200 is Rs. 1.60 lakhs and that of Honda CBR 250R ranges between Rs. 1.53 lakhs and Rs. 1.86 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom New Delhi.