India Kawasaki Motors has confirmed to us that its popular naked street fighter will not be locally assembled. The popular Z800 model from the Japanese-based manufacturer will not be taking the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route for India.
Over the last few months, there were reports doing the round that Kawasaki would introduce a CKD version of the Z800. The only reason for a manufacturer to take CKD route is to lower pricing and improve sales in the market.
The news has been confirmed by Yutaka Yamashita, the Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors. He explains that there was never a plan to locally assemble the Z800 in India. Kawasaki officials believe there is no positive outcome from using the CKD route for the Z800 model.
Powering the Z800 is an 806cc in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The engine produces 111.30bhp, along with 83Nm of peak torque output. Kawasaki has mated a 6-speed gearbox with the engine.
Braking force is provided by dual petal disc in the front and a single petal disc brake for the rear. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is a standard safety feature on the Z800 by Kawasaki in India. The motorcycle also comes with a side stand alert for additional safety.
The Z800 by Kawasaki currently costs Rs. 8.13 lakh ex-showroom (Mumbai). In our opinion, the Z800 is competitively priced against its rivals. In India the Z800 competes with Triumph Street Triple, DSK Benelli TNT 899, and Yamaha MT-09 models.