Kawasaki launches Ninja 300 in India at Rs 2.98 lacs
The Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki just launched the 2018 version of its entry level sports bike Ninja 300 in India. The bike is manufactured and assembled locally which made a big difference in cost. Also the Ninja 400 is being sold alongside the Ninja 300, which is more of a CKD unit. This makes a big difference in the prices of both the siblings. Kawasaki is also offering a 3 year, unlimited kilometres warranty to the customers who pre-book the motorcycle.
However the Ninja 400 will be continued as a CKD unit imported from Thailand while the Ninja 300 is being manufactured locally. The price of the last generation Ninja 300 was 3.6 lacs (ex-showroom), being a CKD unit, while the 2018 version is Rs. 62000 cheaper than that. This cost cutting will help Kawasaki to hit better sales numbers in the Indian premium bike segment. Now the bike is priced slightly over the KTM RC390 and undercuts the pricing of Yamaha R3, two of its biggest rivals. Also now the Ninja 300 has become the cheapest twin cylinder entry level sports bike in India.
The power plant on the bike remains the same as of the previous generation, making 39 horses of power and 27 Newtons of torque. The 296cc parallel twin engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and features slipper clutch as standard. The suspension setup gets a pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the rear and conventional telescopic forks at the front end. The bike also features a dual-channel ABS setup as standard. In addition to this, the bike has got an updated paint scheme and all new graphics.