Kawasaki Z250SL to launch in India by end of this year
Kawasaki is gearing up to launch the Z250SL in the country by the end of 2015. What will become the company’s first single-cylinder model in India, it does not feature the same 249cc twin-cylinder engine which is found on the Z250. It instead derives power from a single-cylinder 249cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that churns out around 27 BHP of power. Riding on a trellis frame that is made from high tensile steel, the Kawasaki Z250SL is 20 kg lighter than the Z250 with the non-ABS model weighing 148 kg and the ABS model at 150 kg respectively.
Kawasaki India will be trying hard to price the motorcycle very competitively because parts like the clutch plates, handlebars, wheels, front and rear suspensions, tyres, headlights, taillights, radiator fans, switch housings, electrical switches and more are being sourced locally. The Kawasaki Z250SL however will continue to get the engine and its components from Thailand.
To make the upcoming naked bike the most affordable Kawasaki in the country till date, the company will be sharing part vendors of rivals such as Bajaj. Deputy MD of India Kawasaki Motors, Shigeto Nishikawa, did not reveal anything else about the Z250SL and refused to comment on the same as well. The bike is expected to be priced somewhere in the region of Rs. 2 lakhs (ex-showroom) and it will directly rival the KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR250R in the segment. The Z250 will continue to sell alongside the Z250SL, thereby offering buyers the option of choosing between the two of them.
Though the Kawasaki Z250SL holds a lot of expectations, only time will tell whether the motorcycle will be able to retail any better than the Z250 or the Ninja 300 in our country or not?
Source – Autocarindia