We have already waited for almost two years after the last AutoExpo and the next season brings even bigger surprises. Some of the major manufacturers like Kawasaki and Suzuki will be making noise with their latest products while other manufacturers like Bajaj and Harley-Davidson have decided not to participate this time. We have listed down some of the new premium bikes which will make serious noise at the AutoExpo 2018.
1. Kawasaki Z900RS
The Japanese automaker, Kawasaki introduced the new Z900 at the EICMA show this year. The manufacturer also shared its plans on bringing the same to the Indian market very soon. So what else can be the best launch occasion other than the upcoming AutoExpo 2018, as it is considered to be the biggest ‘Auto Mela’ in India.
The new Z900RS has gathered a lot of attention for its similarities to the original Kawasaki Z1. It has been made on the same platform as the Z900. By inspiration, we mean that it derives its power from the same 948cc engine which has been detuned for power while up tuned for torque. The frame too is similar to the one seen on the Z900 while the rear subframe has been modified in order to accommodate a flatter rear seat.
Why we expect Kawasaki Z900RS to be a good product for India:
Indian motorcyclists are really emotional about classic-retro motorcycles, and their love for Royal Enfield bikes is a clear example of the same. Also, the popularity of Triumph Bonneville series suggests that anything classic is a hit in India. Since Z900RS packs a lot of thrill from the modern superbike engine yet sophistication drips from its classic silhouette, so it will clearly win hearts over heads.
It is expected to be priced slightly higher than the Z900 and hence Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9 lakh price bracket will make sense. Anything above will be too costly!
2. Suzuki GSX-S750
It’s the time when manufacturers are bringing in some really nice bikes to the Indian market. This year Kawasaki updated its ER6n to Z650 and didn’t take time to launch the same in the Indian market and now Suzuki is stepping up the game with the new GSX-S750 which is expected to make way to the Indian market at the upcoming AutoExpo 2018. The middle-weight naked draws inspiration from it’s liter-class sibling. In fact, both share similarities of such level that only size differentiates them both, not design. It will clearly be a niche product in the limited middle-weight bike options we have in India and will compete against Triumph Street Triple S and Ducati Monster 797.
What makes it stand out:
The element that makes this bike really special is the fact that it still uses that same 2005 GSX-R750 K5 series engine known for its blistering performance and fun delivery. Also, this K5 series engine permits shorter chassis architecture that allows the bike to attain greater agility. In short, the bike is going to give nightmares to its competition from its credible performance.
It should not be priced more than Rs 9 lakh in order to compete fiercely against all of its competition.
3. Suzuki V-Strom 650
Apart from a bike in the naked street segment, the Japanese automaker is also preparing to bring in its highly famous V-Strom 650 in the Indian market. The V-Strom is already present in the International market and is one of the most famous middle-weight adventure touring bikes ever made. There are very fewer options available in India in this segment as of now as the only other bikes present in this segment are the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Triumph Tiger 800 range which is clearly on the expensive side.
You can expect a price tag of Rs 10 lakh or more on the same.
4. Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
The brand showcased the new supercharge sports tourer Ninja H2 SE and Ninja H2 SX SE at the EICMA show this year earlier in Milan. And a few days back we reported that the brand is bringing one of these bikes to the Indian market at the upcoming AutoExpo. It is highly unique sport touring package because it is the only supercharged sport touring bike present in the whole world. And you must be knowing that is based on the original Ninja H2 which has broken several speed records. A touring bike based on the Ninja H2 is clearly not for the faint-hearted.
A source reported that it will be priced lower than the current price on Ninja H2, and hence expected a price tag somewhere between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 28 lakh.
5. Honda Rebel 300
Honda has been contemplating on bringing in the Rebel series of motorcycles to India for quite some time, and it looks the same will be here very soon. The new generation Rebel series was unveiled some time back, and what makes it perfect for the Indian market is the fact that Indians love affordable cruisers, be it counting the Bajaj Avenger or Royal Enfield motorcycles. Give us a cruiser, add some swag, make it affordable and it’s a hit. It will compete straight against the Royal Enfield Thunder Bird 350 and also the UM Renegade series.
The Honda Rebel 300 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 1.6 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh.
6. Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki updated the ongoing Ninja 300 with the Ninja 400 that comes out to be a totally new product. The new Ninja 400 derives its design from the Ninja ZX-10R, sharing a similar front profile, tank, and tail design. Not only this, the new Ninja 400 now also looks pretty close to the Yamaha YZF-R3 in terms of front dual headlights design. The bike also gets a new engine that generates enough power output that matches its Austrian rival, the KTM RC 390.
The New Kawasaki Ninja 400 is expected to be priced around Rs 4.4 to Rs 4.6 lakh.
7. Yamaha YZF-R3 2018 and YZF-R15 v3.0
Yamaha pulled the plugs on the YZF-R3 a few months back due to the implementation of newer emission norms. Now the company is looking forward to launching the new 2018 YZF-R3 at the AutoExpo 2018, alongside, the company might also introduce the highly awaited YZF-R15 v3.0 which has been spied a couple of times now. The latter comes with fully updated design and features.
Expected Price: Similar as the earlier models.