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Kawasaki Z250SL single cylinder street fighter to launch in India this year?

Kawasaki Z250SL

To become Kawasaki’s most affordable model in India.

Kawasaki Z250SL single cylinder naked sportsbike will be launched in India towards the end of this year, says Autocar India. The street fighter would be positioned below its twin-cylinder sister, Z250.

Z250SL is powered by a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is expected to produce around 27 bhp as against Z250’s 31.5 bhp. Thanks to a high tensile steel trellis frame, the former is lighter than the latter by a good 20 kg, so performance should be nearly identical.

The publication reports that Kawasaki India may tap into Bajaj’s vendor base to locally source certain components for Z250SL including head and taillights, switches, switch housings, radiator fan, handle bar, tyres, wheels, suspension system, clutch plate, and so on.

Kawasaki Z250SL red

Kawasaki Z250SL with its simpler single-cylinder layout will have a huge price advantage over twin-cylinder engined Z250.

A sizable proportion of locally sourced parts and single-cylinder layout would go a long way in achieving a competitive price point. Kawasaki is expected to price Z250SL somewhere in the vicinity of INR 2 lakhs, making it the most affordable model in the brand’s Indian portfolio.

The street fighter would rival other single-cylinder machines in its performance ball park including KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR250R and upcoming Mahindra Mojo 300.

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