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Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs KTM RC 390 vs Yamaha YZF R3: Spec comparison

Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs KTM RC 390 vs Yamaha YZF R3: Spec comparison

Snapshot: The launch of the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has only widened the gap in its segment and has however made the KTM RC 390 a more aggressive proposition at a highly affordable price.

Kawasaki has today launched its new Ninja 400 in the Indian motorcycle market which is all set to replace the outgoing Ninja 300. The bike was showcased earlier at the 2017 EICMA in Milan, Italy and was expected to make its official Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2018 but however, the launch was delayed by Kawasaki India. The bike competes against the same rivals as before which include the KTM RC390 and the Yamaha YZF-R3. The latter was reintroduced in the Indian motorcycle market at the Auto Expo 2018 since it was taken off the shelves last year after BSIV was made mandatory in the market. And the word is that the Austrian motorcycle maker will soon be replacing the current RC 390 by the new 2019 version of the same with all new looks and improved engine and features. In today’s story, we compare all the three motorcycles against each other taking their specs, features, and prices in account.

Engine:

The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 now packs the highest capacity engine in comparison to every other motorcycle in the segment. The engine is a new 399cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled engine which puts out close to 48PS of maximum power at 10,000 rpm and 38Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed, return shift transmission.

Talking about the new Yamaha YZF-R3, the engine is the same 321cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC engine which is the smallest in the category but churns out a healthy 42PS of maximum power at 10750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of peak torque at 9000 rpm. It comes with a 6-speed transmission.

While the KTM RC 390 is the only single cylinder engine but its power and torque rating is at par with its competition. It’s a 373.3 cc Single-Cylinder, Liquid-cooled engine that delivers close to 43.5PS of maximum power at 9000 rpm and 36 Nm of peak torque @ 7000 rpm. The transmission is a 6-speed gearbox.

Features and cycle parts:

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 features a 41mm Telescopic fork/4.7 in at the front and Bottom-link Uni-Trak, swingarm adjustable preload/5.1 in suspension at the rear. While the suspension on the Yamaha is Telescopic forks at the front and single monoshock at the rear. The KTM RC 390 is the only bike to offer front upside own suspension, while at the rear it is a single monoshock by WP. All the three bikes in the list now come with standard ABS for maximum safety. While KTM and Kawasaki also offer slipper clutch which is missed on the Yamaha YZF-R3.

The Yamaha YZF-R3 is the heaviest of the lot weighing close to 173kgs which is its curb weight, while Kawasaki weighs around 166kgs and the KTM weighs in the middle at 170kgs.

The Kawasaki and Yamaha share a similar fuel tank that can accommodate close to 14-ltr of fuel at once while the RC 390 can be only filled with 10-ltr of fuel once brimmed to the top.

What also makes the Japs more practical is the seat height which is lowest at 780 mm in the Yamaha, followed by 784mm in the Kawasaki and the then 820mm in the KTM which literally makes it quite a high bike to mount.

Top Speed:

The Ninja 400 is surely the fastest of them all with a claimed top speed around 190+ km/hr. While the YZF-R3 and the RC 390 can do a maximum speed of 180+ km/hr and 180 km/hr, respectively.

Meter Console:

The dash on the Yamaha is a semi-digital unit just like Kawasaki while the KTM offers a fully digital instrument panel which offers the most details of the motorcycle. This fully digital unit is shared with other motorcycles in the KTM stable such as RC 200 and 200 Duke.

Price:

The price on the Kawasaki was recently announced and the fact that it costs Rs 4.69 lakh makes it the most highly priced proposition in its segment. The KTM RC 390, on the flip side, is the most affordable at Rs 2.25 lakh. The Yamaha YZF-R3 has been placed right in the middle at Rs 3.48 lakh. 

The launch of the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has only widened the gap in its segment and has however made the KTM RC 390 a more aggressive proposition at a highly affordable price. 

 

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