Expected Launch Date : Late 2015
Estimated Price : 2.70 lakh
Pricing has been the Achilles heel for Kawasaki in our market as their products carry a premium price tag owing to the fact that they all are multi-cylinder offerings. But this soon could be changed if they bring the Ninja 250SL to our market.
This nimble, light and affordable quarter-litre bike could be what people in emerging markets like India have been waiting for. Equipped with a single headlight, the overall design of the new Ninja does hint at elder sibling – the ZX-6R. To save cost, the 250SL borrows plenty of parts from the Ninja 300 basket, which includes the exhaust and alloy wheels.
The new single-cylinder engine is a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 249cc mill, which according to Kawasaki can churn out 27.6PS at 9700rpm and 23 Nm at 8200 revs, compared to the twin-cylinder’s 33PS at 11000 rpm and 22Nm at 10000 rpm.
The 250SL has a claimed weight of 150kg (the optional ABS adds a meagre 2kg) compared to the Ninja 250 which weighs about 172kg. The current Ninja 300 is the most expensive bike sold in the Indian 250-300cc segment, with the Honda CBR 250R and even the KTM RC 390 undercutting the Kawasaki.