The Kawasaki Z300 Special Edition with minor cosmetic enhancements is a part of the brand’s comprehensive lineup of exhibits at the ongoing 2016 Bangkok Motor Show. The 300 cc sportsbike replaced the twin-cylinder Z250 in most international markets but India is an exception.
Positioned above the entry level single-cylinder Z250 SL, the Z300 caters to a segment which is showing promising growth potential internationally. The special edition variant is finished in black with contrasting red decals and alloy wheels. Rest of the elements have not been fiddled with.
The motorcycle subscribes to the Z family design language with a mean looking headlamp, sculpted fuel tank, short tailpiece with split seats and meaty tyres. Riding position is upright in a typical street fighter fashion.
The Kawasaki Z300 is powered by a liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine displacing 296 cc. The power plant generates 30 PS at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed unit.
Chassis is a steel tubular diamond-type unit which is suspended by 37 mm telescopic front fork and Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas charged shock absorber (with 5-step preload adjustment). Retardation is provided by a 290 mm front disc and 220 mm rear disc, both with dual piston calipers. Front and rear tyre specifications are 110/70 x 17 and 140/70 x 17 respectively.
The Kawasaki Z300 is pitted against the likes of Honda CB300F, Yamaha MT-03, KTM Duke 390, etc. We expect the Z300 to take the baton from aging Z250 in India eventually.