The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 BS6 has been launched in India with the price tag of Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is now dearer by Rs 25,000 over the predecessor. Bookings for the Z650 and Ninja 650 have been started through the company’s website. Similar to the recently launched 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650, the Z650 has also undergone some of the changes.
As we saw that the 2020 Ninja 650 gets completely redesigned headlamp unit and fairing, similarly the 2020 Kawasaki Z650 BS6 also gets redesigned headlight unit. The new headlight design resembles the current design language of the Kawasaki. Therefore the bike now looks sharper and aggressive, company call it as a ‘Sugomi’ design. The headlamp unit, as well as taillamp unit on the bike, are LED units which also looks great.
Along with the updated design, the Kawasaki Z650 BS6 also comes with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres. The new set of tyres should make it better handler than the previous bike. The interesting thing about the newly launched Kawasaki bikes is the instrument console. The instrument console is now a 4.3-inch full-TFT display unit that features Bluetooth, GPS and smartphone connectivity. The smart connectivity features enable the user to gather his/her riding statistics.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 BS6 retains the engine from the predecessor, however, now with BS6 updates. It comes with a revised exhaust unit that meets the BS6 emission norms. The engine a 649 cc parallel-twin, a fuel-injected unit with slipper clutch assist and 6-speed gearbox. It produces about 68 bhp max power and 64 Nm of peak torque. When compared to the BS4 model, the power remains almost identical but torque output has been dropped by 1.7 Nm. The same engine is shared with the 2020 Ninja 650.
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2020 Kawasaki Z650 BS6 sits on 17-inch wheels. The suspension duty is handled by the conventional telescopic forks at the front with 125 mm of travel. The rear suspension is a horizontal back-link adjustable preload mono-shock suspension with 130 mm of travel. Braking of the bike is managed by the dual 300 mm petal disc at the front and 220 m petal disc at the rear. These brakes are then assisted by the dual-channel ABS as standard.
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The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 is been priced at Rs 5.94 (ex-showroom) which is pretty competitive pricing. It competes against CFMoto 650 NK and the Benelli TNT 600i which is also expected to have a big update and can launch anytime soon. However, currently, there’s no BS6 competition for a bike in the segment and this might help Kawasaki to gain lots of sales.