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2018 EICMA - Kawasaki Z400 revealed; KTM 390 Duke rival will head to India

2018 EICMA - Kawasaki Z400 revealed; KTM 390 Duke rival will head to India

Snapshot: Interestingly, the India-spec engine will be tuned to deliver more at 49 PS of power. The motorcycle may come to India in 2019 at an expected price of INR 4 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The much-awaited Kawasaki Z400, soon headed to India, was finally revealed at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy. The Z400 is the naked street-fighter variant of the Kawasaki Ninja 400, similar to the Kawasaki Z breed.

The unconventionally designed Kawasaki Z400 rubs shoulders with the latest Kawasaki bikes. Inspired by the Sugomi design philosophy, it gets the animalistic styling much like the flagship Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja 400.

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The motorcycle will get the same steel trellis chassis that has been a win-win deal for Kawasaki so far. It features a quirky full-LED headlamp, a bulky fuel tank and a raised tail. Before being offered globally, the Z400 will first be made available in Europe, which will adhere to the A2 license restrictions.

The 399cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine will be able to churn 45 PS of peak power and 38 NM of max torque. The Kawasaki Z400 will get the powerful motor just as in the Ninja 400. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper-clutch assist that transfers control to the wheel through a chain drive system.

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The Kawasaki Z400 has a kerb weight of 167 kg, a kilo less than its faired sibling. A 41 mm conventional telescopic front forks and a linkage-type preload-adjustable mono-shock at the back will carry out the suspension duties. The rear wheels are supported by a 310 mm front petal disc and a 220mm petal rotor with ABS as standard.  Also, the Kawasaki Z400 will continue using the same cycle parts as the Ninja 400.

Interestingly, the India-spec engine will be tuned to deliver 49 PS of power. The Indian market can expect the motorcycle to arrive sometime next year and here the price range is touted to be at INR 4 lakh (ex-showroom).

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