Kawasaki could be planning to enter the sub-200cc segment in the Indian market. Currently, Kawasaki is testing the W175 in the Indian market, and images of a camouflaged test mule have emerged from Pune. The proximity of the test mule in Pune leads us to believe that the brand might be in the process of homologating the product for the Indian market.
Kawasaki W175 – Spyshots
The Kawasaki W175 is a modern-classic motorcycle with a design inspired by the 1966 W1. The camouflage wrapped mule comes with a peanut-shaped fuel tank and a rounded headlamp. The motorcycle also gets a straight bench seat, upright handlebars and mid-set footpegs, offering a comfortable rider’s triangle. The motorcycle features round indicators and a retro-style taillamp. The test mule also shows that the modern-classic model will come with full-size fenders. The bike also gets a pea-shooter exhaust system.
Kawasaki W175 – Modern Classic Competition
Recently, the modern-classic segment has started to see new entrants in the sub-middleweight segment. But only a few manufacturers have ventured into the sub-200cc segment. Now, it is up to Kawasaki how the brand positions the W175 in the price-sensitive Indian market. Speculation is that the Kawasaki W175 will come with a price tag of INR 1.50 lakh ex-showroom, India. This will make the W175 Team Greens the most affordable offering in the Indian market.
Kawasaki W175 – Engine Specifications
Powering the Kawasaki W175 in the international market is a 177cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. The counter-balanced motor with carburetted fuel delivery produces 13.05 Hp of power and 13.2 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The India-spec W175 will come with fuel-injection technology and ABS as standard. The motorcycle also features a disc brake on the front, a mechanical drum brake on the rear, telescopic front shocks and twin hydraulic shock absorbers on the rear.