Kawasaki Z800
The Z800, currently imported from Thailand as Completely Built Unit (CBU). Pictured: Kawasaki Z800kawasaki.com/media

Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki's Z800 model is expected to get a price cut close to Rs 1 lakh soon, as the manufacturer is planning to start local assembly of the model. The Z800, currently imported from Thailand as Completely Built Unit (CBU), is priced at around Rs 8.30 lakh, on-road Delhi.

According to a report in Autocar Professional, a team of Japanese officials is currently working on the feasibility of local production. If the proposal gets green signal,  Z800 will be locally assembled at Bajaj Auto's Akurdi plant that will help the price cut. The Z800 is expected to cost around Rs 7.50 lakh after the price cut that makes a compelling case in the upper mid-sized motorcycle range. Its main rival Honda CBF650F is also locally assembled and costs around Rs 8 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.

Kawasaki Z800 is powered by 806cc in-line four cylinder liquid cooled engine that develops 111.5bhp at 10,200rpm and 83Nm of torque at 8,000rpm mated to six speed transmission. The motorcycle comes with 41mm upside down suspension in the front, while the rear gets gas-charged mono suspension. The Z800 measures 2,100mm in length, 800mm in width and 1,050mm in height. It also features 1,445mm wheelbase and 150mm ground clearance.

The Z800 will join the other CKD models of the brand that includes Z250, Ninja 300, Ninja 650, ER-6n, Versys in India. The Japanese motorcycle maker expanded its network in India by inaugurating 12th dealership in Coimbatore early this month. The showroom is built on an area of 2,300 sq.ft, of which 650 sq.ft has been allocated to the service centre. 

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