Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One more Kwacker launched in India, Z800

Japanese two-wheeler maker Kawasaki has added a seventh motorcycle to its Indian line up with the launch of the Z800 at a price tag of Rs 8.05 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company now aims to sell around 400 units of the five CBU models this year which includes the Z800 as well. The other CBU models are available in India are ZX-10R, Z1000, Ninja 1000 and ZX-14R.


"In 2014, we expect to sell around 400 units of five CBU models in the country, including the Z800", India Kawasaki Motors deputy managing director Shigeto Nishikawa told PTI.  The Company is expected to launch at least two more motorcycles in India this year, the Versys 1000 and ER-6n.

Now with the launch of a new motorcycle, the Company has a total of seven models in the Country.  The company plans to sell a total of at least 400 units of CBU models, eyeing for a 25% share of superbike market by 2015 and also plans to sell around 1400 units of Ninja 300 and Ninja 650 models.


When asked about the plans to expand sales network in India, Nishikawa said: "We are currently studying options for expanding dealer network. By the end of 2015, we could have around five dealers". Asking about company's plans to assemble more bikes in India, Nishikawa said that the company would have to sell more bikes in the country to be able to do that.


Now coming to the Kawasaki Z800, it is aggressive looking with a he 806cc engine with a peak power of 113 PS at 10,200 rpm and peak torque is 93 Nm at 8,000 rpm. Being a budget motorcycle abroad, the Z800 doesn’t get the kind of fancy equipment or electronics like the ZX-10R but the international reviews say the steel backbone frame and adjustable suspension come together very effective.

Here are the specifications of the Kawasaki Z800 :
  1. 806 cc four-stroke, Inline four cylinder
  2. Liquid-cooled engine
  3. Peak power of 113 PS @ 10,200 rpm
  4. Peak torque of 83 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
  5. 6-Speed tranny
  6. A couple of Four-piston, semi-floating 310 mm petal discs at the front
  7. A solo single-piston, 250 mm petal disc at the rear
  8. weight of 231 kgs for the ABS-equipped variant; 2 kilos less for the one which lacks the “Electronic Guardian”
Kawasaki-Launches-Z800-In-IndiaNot much needs to be said about the Kawasaki Z800!! It is a sheer traffic-stopper, and as mentioned by us earlier, it carries the looks of an assassin armed with a rifle in bullpup configuration. ;-)
The Kawasaki Z800 will definitely be less pricier than its bigger sibling, the Kawasaki Z1000. In the lineup of Kawasaki, this will be a model which could sell in greater volumes as compared to the faired / naked 1000 cc variants, thus giving a fillip to its Indian expansion plans.