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India-bound Kawasaki Ninja 400 unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017


A brand new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has been revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The new Ninja 400 will replace the Ninja 300 in International markets, and in India. Apart from an updated hardware list, the new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 will also be lighter and more powerful than the motorcycle it replaces. Expected to be priced around the INR 4.2 Lakh mark, expect this bike to India sometime in mid-2018. The reason for that, is the fact that Kawasaki had introduced the BS-IV compliant Ninja 300 in the Indian market only recently.

The new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is powered by an all-new 399cc parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine which is tuned to deliver 45 hp of power @ 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm of peak torque @ 8,000 rpm. It also features a Assist and Slipper clutch. The engine is claimed to offer better performance throughout the range, with improved low-down torque. The motorcycle gets a larger airbox for increased intake efficiency.  The 2018 Ninja 400 continues to use a conventional telescopic suspension in the form of 41 mm Kayaba forks and a monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes via a 310mm single-disc brake upfront and a single-disc at the rear which are governed by ABS.

The new Ninja 400 is built around a new steel trellis frame which uses the engine as a stressed member. The new frame also helps the motorcycle shed 6 kilograms over its predecessor (174 kg wet), tipping the scales at 168 kg (wet). Although part of that weight saving also goes to a relatively smaller fuel tank that carries 14-litres of petrol instead of 17-litre on the Ninja 300. Apart from the headlight, the body panels, fairing and the fuel-tank too receive a design upgrade. However, it continues to use the fairing integrated front blinkers which give the motorcycle a clean design. Ride related information is displayed on a new LCD panel. Kawasaki claims that the large-volume bodywork offers better wind protection.


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