Japanese two-wheeler major Kawasaki on Monday introduced two motorcycles in India dubbed as Z1000 and Ninja 1000 with a price tag of ₹12 lakh each (ex-showroom Delhi).
Both the bikes will be brought to India as Completely Built Units (CBUs) and will be marketed through company's Pune and Delhi showrooms. With the introduction of the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 in India, the company hopes to expand its foothold in the sub-continent where it currently sells four models, of which the Ninja 300 and 650 are assembled locally at Bajaj's Chakan facility, Pune.
"With the launch of these two new bikes, we will have four models in the premium superbike segment. We are looking at a total of about 250 units annually from these four models," India Kawasaki Motors Deputy Managing Director Niskikawa Shigeto told PTI.
He also added that the company was planning to introduce yet another bike model in India in the coming year. Regarding the specifications, both the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 are powered by a 1,043 cc engines with 6-speed transmission. The engine has the capacity to pump in a power of 140 bhp at 10,000 rpm and a torque of 111 Nm at 7300 rpm.
Shigeto also made it clear that the company does not have the plan to assemble its high-end bikes locally in India.
"We don't have plans for any CKD (completely knocked down) assembly of our premium motorcycles in India. It is due to the need for training technicians and also needs for expansion of capacity for which we would need volumes to justify,"