Kawasaki has launched the much-anticipated middleweight motorcycle, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in India. The Ninja 400 has been based on an all-new frame and gets a cutting-edge styling taken from the Kawasaki’s leader Ninja H2. It gets a new engine, new frame, new bodywork and significantly more. The Ninja 400 is outfitted with the same analogue-digital instrument cluster as in the Ninja 650. It gets twin LED headlights and LED taillight which remembers the sharp rear end of the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R. Wheelbase is shorter than the Ninja 300 by 35mm but the new swingarm is longer by 10mm.
New, lighter wheels help in dynamics as well by reducing unsprung mass. The front suspension gets a beefier 41mm telescopic fork setup while the rear has a linked gas charged mono shock setup. Chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl taken from the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R. The cover for the radiator fan directs the engine heat away from the rider, by this the city rides can be easily done. The engine sits inside the trellis frame which is also taken from Ninja H2. The Ninja 400 is powered by an all-new 399cc parallel-twin motor which produces 49PS at 10,000rpm and a peak torque of 38Nm at 8,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The liquid cooled engine offers 10PS and 11Nm more performance than the Ninja 300 and furthermore on its key rivals Yamaha YZF-R3 by 7PS and the KTM RC 390 by 5.5PS.
The Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, Yutaka Yamashita, in the event of introducing Ninja 400 said “Ninja 300 is mainly made for beginners and Ninja 650 is popular among experienced riders. However, Ninja 400 fits the bill for those who are willing to buy a sports bike between 300 and 650cc”. Based on the Delhi ex-showroom, The Ninja 400 priced at Rs 4.69 lakh. It sounds costly considering that for Rs 30,000 additional you get the bigger and all the more capable Kawasaki Z650 which is available at Rs 4.99 lakh. The Ninja 400 will be available in green shading which is a KRT version and will be produced in limited numbers. Its nearest and most costly rival is the Benelli 302R which is priced at Rs 3.69 lakh, also the Yamaha R3 which is priced at Rs 3.48 lakh and the KTM RC 390 priced at Rs 2.36 lakh.