Kawasaki W175 launch speculation suggests that many makers are wanting to venture in this classic motorcycle genre dominated completely by Royal Enfield at the moment!
Kawasaki’s largest selling motorcycle was the brilliant Ninja 300 which gained sales since it got localized (and was sold at 2.98 Lac ex-showroom). A BS6 variant was caught under tests (spy pics here) and may be introduced in the months to come.
But wait, the company is reportedly hungrier for a bigger pie of the market. In a latest update, an online report at Autocar claims that the Jap is preparing the W175 for our market. Like other ‘Ws’, the W175 is a classic, extremely simple motorcycle.
It is already sold in markets like Indonesia and Philippines. It is powered by a 177cc, single cylinder, water cooled engine which produces humble 13 PS of peak power at 7500 rpm and 13.2 Nm of max torque at 6000 rpm. It is paired with a 5-speed gearbox and weighs just 126 kilos.
The W175 is currently carbureted but for India it will have to be converted to fuel injection, for tighter emission compliance. Kawasaki is reportedly targeting 90 percent localisation with this one for a sensible price tag.
Autocar is expecting a price tag of around Rs 1.25 Lac to Rs 1.40 Lac for the W175. This will be higher than segment spec standards but then most retro motorcycles with muted specs do not really justify the premiums they come at vis-a-vis the features (or the lack of it) they offer.
Launch time frame is being suggested as ‘around first quarter of 2021‘ which means the wait may not be very long.
If this goes true, Royal Enfield may have to contend with a second rival after Honda directly announced war in its territory with the CB350!
Source – Autocar