It hasn’t been even a month since Kawasaki launched two stunning superbikes in India, and now, they’ve launched another one! Close on the heels of the Z1000 & Ninja 1000 comes the Kawasaki Z800, an 806cc naked superbike. The Z800 is the Japanese manufacturer’s fifth all-new launch in the country in the last four months, and the seventh model to join the company’s India line-up.
The Z800 is the middle-weight offering from the ‘Z’ line of naked bikes from Kawasaki, which also features the 1000cc Z1000 & the 250cc Z250. The Z800 is powered by an 806cc in-line four-cylinder engine, which outputs 112 bhp and produces a torque figure of 83 Nm. Those figures should help the Z800 offset its 231 kg kerb weight, and make for some rapid progress. The Z800 also comes fitted with top-quality chassis and suspension components. On the styling front, the bike remains true to the aggressive design language that characterizes all ‘Z’ bikes, with a muscular tank section, body work abound with both flowing curves and sharp creases, and a tapering tail-end.
At Rs 7.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune), the Z800 is the only in-line four-cylinder bike available for under Rs 10 Lakhs in India. The bike will be imported into the country as a Completely Built Unit (CBU), and will compete directly with the Ducati 795 and the Triumph Street Triple 675.
Kawasaki seems to be really bullish on the Indian market. With the launch of the Z800 in India, the company now has a wide variety of products in multiple displacement and price brackets, ranging from 300cc to 1400cc, priced from Rs 3.5 Lakhs all the way upto Rs 18 lakhs. This strategy will help Kawasaki serve premium-segment consumers with different preferences and budgets. The company is targeting to sell over 1800 units in 2014, with over 400 CBUs expected to make-up that figure. Kawasaki’s unrelenting product-offensive for India won’t cease for the foreseeable future, with a single-cylinder 250cc Ninja and a couple of other high-capacity models on the cards for 2014 & 2015. The company clearly has its sights set on becoming one of the top players in the premium motorcycle segment in India