Either the 2018 Ninja 250 or the 400 or both may come to India…
Kawasaki may have killed the Ninja 300 but the ten year old (and still surviving handsomely) quarter liter based on the same platform has lived on. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki unveiled the 2018 Ninja 250 which gets sexier with more curves and creases and more aggressive with its 249 cc parallel twin DOHC motor.
The biggest difference is the peak power output which has increased from 32 PS (at 11000 rpm) to 39 PS (at 12,500 rpm). It appears Kawasaki intentionally kept it detuned in earlier interations to maintain a sizeable distance with Ninja 300. And now that the elder brethren got bigger (Ninja 400 produces 45 horses), they cherished the room they have for play! Max Torque has also risen from 21 Nm (at 10,000 rpm) to 23.5 Nm at the same rpm.
Kawasaki says, apart from the engine, the frame has also gone a major overhaul. It also gets twin LED headlamps and a multi-function LCD screen. Seat height of 785 mm, petal discs have been carried over and like before, it will be available with and without ABS. Like Ninja 400, the 250 has also seen a weight reduction; it now weighs 167 kg as compared to 172 kg of the older version.
It will be available in Candy Plasma Blue, Passion Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black and Lime Green/Ebony colour shades. All of them are pictured on this page.
This may also mean that India may see its return as the entry level Ninja with the 400 being placed at a slight premium.