Kawasaki has been very active in launching motorcycles in the Indian market. Recently, the company had launched the Ninja 650, Z650 and Z900 and today the Japanese company has launched the Z250, Z1000 and Z1000R. The new Kawasaki Z250 is priced at Rs. 3.09 lakhs while the Z1000 and Z1000R are available at Rs. 14.49 lakhs and Rs. 15.49 lakhs respectively. All figures are exclusive showroom prices in New Delhi.
The Kawasaki Z250 borrows some styling cues from the Z900. The Z250 is big on fuel tank storage and can store up to 17 litres of fuel. The ground clearance is 145 mm and the kerb weight is not more than 168 kgs. The braking duties are done by 290 mm and 220 mm petal disc brakes for the front as well as for the rear respectively. The motorcycle gets 37 mm telescopic front fork and Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the back.
The Kawasaki Z250 is the entry level motorcycle for the Indian market in terms of engine displacement. It is powered by a 249 cc parallel twin, liquid cooled engine which makes the highest power of 32 bhp at 11,000 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 21 Nm at 10,000 revolutions per minute. This engine is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is very capable of touching a top speed of 165 kms per hour with an acceleration of 0-100 kms per hour in 8.2 seconds.
On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1000R look beastly. Almost all of their specifications are same. However, there are just a couple of minor differences like the Z1000 comes with regular gas charged suspension while the Z1000R comes with Ohlins S46DR1S gas-charged monoshock suspension. Moreover, the Z1000 gets standard 290 mm disc brakes for both the wheels while the Z1000R gets 290 mm front and rear disc brakes from the house of Brembo. These two twin motorcycles are a little on the heavier side and weigh around 221 kgs.
Mechanically, both the Kawasaki Z1000 and the Z1000R are powered by the same 1,043 cc liquid cooled, four cylinder engine which makes the highest power of 142 bhp at 10,000 revolutions per minute and a maximum torque of 111 Nm at 7,300 revolutions per minute. This engine is paired with a 6-speed transmission gearbox and can hit an acceleration of 0-100 kms per hour in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 258 kms per hour.
The Kawasaki Z1000 is offered in Metallic Spark Black and Golden Blazed Green while the Z1000R is available in Metallic Spark Black and Graphite Grey.
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