Kawasaki India has a total of 8 products on sale right now. Starting from the smallest Z250 till the current flagship, ZX-14R, India has it all. Soon, in the next couple of months, the new flagship for the Japanese two-wheeler giant, the Ninja H2 will make it to the Indian streets. Kawasaki has bikes in the 250cc, 300cc, 650cc, 800cc, 1,000cc and 1,400cc as of now. But what about the missed out, super-sport 600cc category?
About time Kawasaki plans to bring down the Ninja ZX-6R to the Indian shores. Competition is gearing up to exploit the middle-weight, superbike category. Triumph already brings the Daytona to India as a CBU, but the cost goes very close to the litre-class superbikes by that route. The Ninja 650 will face stiff competition from a 4-cylinder, Honda CBR650F within the next couple of months.
There is a big gap currently in the Kawasaki line-up in the supersport class. The brand offers the entry level Ninja 300 and then comes the Ninja ZX-10R, nothing in between. There is surely some space for a middle-weight, 600cc motorcycle here in India.
The ZX-6R is powered by a 636cc, 4-stroke, in-line 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC petrol motor producing 131 PS of power and 71 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Benelli is soon going to launch the first 4-cylinder, 600cc-class motorcycle in India via the CKD route. Hopefully, other big guns follow the same route.