Kawasaki still considering the Z250SL for India
Kawasaki has been taking the Indian market by storm.
Their latest news of locally assembling the Z800 and cutting the cost by 1 Lakh has created quite a stir. Now, Kawasaki is planning on introducing the Z250SL naked bike in India. The news of the Z250SL coming to India has been doing the rounds fo quite some time. Now, reports suggest that the company is planning to introduce the Z250SL to India via the CKD route. Getting the bike via the CKD route will help cut taxes, bring down the price of the bike drastically.
The naked bike will be powered by 249cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, fuel injected petrol engine which churns out 28 PS of power @ 9,700 RPM & 22.6 Nm of torque @ 8,200 RPM and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Since Kawasaki is taking the Indian market so seriously, they are considering sourcing parts locally. With the recent growth in localization, players like BMW and Mercedes have started sourcing their parts locally. This could help them avail from the “Make in India” benefit and also help keep the costs low. Kawasaki along with Bajaj could source the following parts locally — handlebar, clutch plate, suspension, wheels, tyres, headlamp, tail lamp, switches, radiator fan, etc.
When launched, the Z250SL will rival the likes of Benelli TNT 25.