Kawasaki Eliminator 450 launch could be in the offing based on a latest social media teaser post by the Indian arm of the Jap!
In collaboration with Bajaj Auto of India, Kawasaki introduced the Eliminator in 2001. It sported a near 175cc single cylinder, four stroke, air cooled engine that was good for about 15 hp of power and around 14 Nm of torque. Some time later the motorcycle was Indianized and renamed as Avenger.
Eliminator has been Kawasaki’s cruiser sub-brand that recently received a 450cc version earlier this year in the international market. And this Eliminator 450 is what could come to India. Kawasaki India has posted a veiled motorcycle that has a ‘Coming Soon‘ ticker. There are no more details apart from a hashtag that reads IBW. This suggests that this upcoming model could be launched at the upcoming India Bike Week later this month.
Going by the picture it appears that we are getting the Eliminator 450 here with some rim stripes for added sportiness. The 451cc cruiser comes with a parallel twin motor that churns 45.4 PS of peak power at 9000 rpm and 42.6 Nm of max torque at 6000 rpm. It is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and weighs just 176 kilos. The Eliminator comes with an 18 inch front tyre and 16 inch rear tyre.
If the Eliminator returns, it would join the Vulcan S that is already on sale here in India. Kawasaki calls the bigger Vulcan S as a ‘sports cruiser’ and the Eliminator just a ‘cruiser’. In terms of pricing, expect the new Eliminator 450 to cost around Rs 5.5 Lakh ex-showroom, just over the Ninja 400.
Though we would love to see a slightly more aggressive price tag, since it would directly or indirectly rival the Super Meteor 650 in India that costs close to Rs 4 Lakh only. Will the cruiser segment pick pace with the return of the Eliminator in India…?