Kawasaki Ninja 400 has been officially revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motorshow. The bike, in fact two of them, were first spotted during a commercial shoot in Milwaukee, USA. They came in bright Ninja green colours then but the one at Tokyo has gorgeous KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) colours.
The Ninja 400 (in a different guise) is currently available in Japan, and was sold in Canada and Australia previously, but this is the first time that it is coming to US soil.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Design
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 follows a familiar design language. The Manufacturer had earlier updated the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000 with a sharper design and more features, and the next-gen Ninja 400 could be seen as a follow-up to this (It looks like the new 650). The Ninja 400 gets a high-tensile steel trellis frame.
The bike has telescopic front suspension, rear monoshock, large side-mounted exhaust canister and familiar Kawasaki livery.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 engine and transmission
Powering the new Ninja 400 is a 399cc inline twin engine producing 45 PS of power at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission. This is higher than the Ninja and closer to the middleweight segment.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 price and release date
Kawasaki has not confirmed this but since the Ninja 400 was spotted in USA, with a predominantly US crew on the sets of the commercial, they are most definitely hinting of a United States launch. It has been confirmed for release in Europe and Japan in 2018.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 India
There’s no confirmation from Kawasaki’s part on the launch of the Ninja 400 in India and at the moment, its prospects look dull. However, since the manufacturer has started solo operation in the country, localisation has improved and their prices have come down. Further, the touring segment is showing promising signs of growth. So we can’t rule out the possibility entirely, especially since Kawasaki doesn’t have a solid motorcycle in Rs. 4.5 lakh range.
In order to keep the prices down, Kawasaki could introduce the new Ninja 250 instead. There is also benefit of sharing parts and engine with the Z250.
Only one among the two bikes are expected to reach our shores.