Putting all rumours to rest, Kawasaki has denied local assembly of its middle-weight naked street motorcycle, the Z800 for the Indian Market. Since its debut in 2014, Z800 has been the top selling bike from Japanese two-wheel manufacturer in the domestic market. Currently, the bike is imported from Thailand as CBU (completely built unit). Recently, it was rumoured that the Kawasaki is planning to locally assemble the Z800 in India to further reduce its prices. The Company has sent out a press release dismissing all the speculations.
Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors said in an official statement, “There was never a plan to have the Z800 go CKD. Kawasaki always decides the assembly of models that is reasonable under CKD regulations. We do not see any positive outcome to go CKD in India with the Z800”.
At present, the Z800 is available with a price tag of Rs 8.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). At heart, it has a powerful 806cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four, 16 valves, DOHC engine that is capable of producing 111.4 bhp of power at 10,200 rpm along with a peak torque of 83Nm at 8,000 rpm. Its engine is mated to a 6-speed return transmission. The Z800 front braking power is provided by Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, while its rear has Single 250 mm petal disc. Its main rivals in the segment are the Triumph Street Triple and Benelli TNT 899.