- Kawasaki is unlikely to launch the bike in India due to cost constraints and the difference in customer requirements.
- The bike will be launched in Indonesia at the Kawasaki Bike Week in April.
- According to the government tax data, the prices start from IDR 64.8 million (around Rs 3.34 lakh).
Kawasaki is all set to launch its mental quarter-litre, 4-cylinder track tamer, the Ninja ZX-25R, on April 4 at the Kawasaki Bike Week in Indonesia. The brand has released a teaser video confirming the launch date. Another interesting news is that the ex-showroom price has been revealed via the data from the country’s tax department.
It will be available in two variants with prices starting from IDR 64.8 million for the base version and IDR 73.2 million for the top-spec variant. This translates into Rs 3.34 lakh and Rs 3.78 lakh respectively. Interestingly, the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 250 with the parallel-twin engine starts from IDR 64.1 million (around Rs 3.31 lakh). Now that’s really surprising considering the upcoming ZX-25R is a lot more sophisticated than the Ninja 250. The former gets a much more performance-oriented motor with two extra cylinders and premium underpinnings. Kawasaki has not revealed the full technical specifications of the motorcycle, but you’re wondering how much horsepower the Ninja ZX-25R is likely to produce, head here.
One of the reasons why Kawasaki may price the bike so aggressively in Indonesia is because the taxation slab for quarter-litre motorcycles is a lot lesser than bigger bikes in the country. This is why Kawasaki does not offer the Ninja 300 or even the Ninja 400/650 in the Indonesian market.
Kawasaki is unlikely to launch the motorcycle in India as it will turn out to be too expensive because of its inherent sophistication. Even if Kawasaki launched the bike via the CKD route, it will likely cost around the same ballpark as the Ninja 400’s price, which is Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom India).
Moreover, Indian customers have a tendency to relate displacement with performance and premium-ness. By that logic, the Indian market already has the Ninja 300 and the Ninja 400, so it doesn’t really make business sense to launch a quarter-litre faired bike at a premium price point.