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Scoop! Kawasaki Ninja 300 spotted @ Pune

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The launch of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 (by Bajaj) seems to be around the corner with numerous sightings of this Sportsbike in Pune.

The Ninja 250R had a promising start in India. However, the twin faced increasing competition from Bajaj’s stable itself; the KTM Duke 200 & Pulsar 200NS, along with the Honda CBR 250R, have eaten into the 250cc Ninja’s sales. They were also significantly better priced. Although the Ninja 250R was quite a performer, customers found more value in the other bikes at lower price points. The launch of the Ninja 300 might help Kawasaki distance itself from the current crop of 200-250cc motorcycle. The higher cubic capacity could hit the sweet spot in terms of the price-to-performance ratio. 

What's new:

  • Reworked body language and a new frame. Looks more edgy than before.
  • 296cc parallel twin engine with a 6-speed transmission.
  • The Ninja 300 is expected to churn out 38 BHP @ 11,000 RPM. However, we'll wait for exact figures post launch.
  • ABS to be made available as an option.
  • The meter console is in line with current tastes and has an analogue tachometer + digital speedometer.
  • A better digital fuel-injection system that is supposedly more efficient.
  • F.C.C. clutch with assist & slipper functions.
  • 10-spoke 17" alloy wheels with a 140 section rear tyre.
  • Curved 2-into-1 exhaust system.
  • Revised suspension setup.

All details mentioned above have been sourced from Kawasaki's website. Most of it is expected to remain the same on the bike sold in India.

Pre-launch bookings are rumoured to have already begun, with ex-showroom prices for the N300 (non-ABS) at 3.2 Lakhs and the N300 with ABS at 3.4 Lakhs. Do note that this pricing is entirely speculative.

 
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