Kawasaki Z250 has been unveiled in its 2021 avatar. This bike was in Kawasaki’s line up till last year and the plug has been pulled off on in for India under the BS6 lineup. With the rise of 250cc bikes in India will Kawasaki bring it back to India.
What’s new for 2021?
Kawasaki has unveiled this new bike for Japan. It has a twin-cylinder 250cc engine that makes about 36 Bhp and 25 Nm of torque. New paint schemes have been introduced on the bike with Candy Cardinal Red and Metallic Flat Spark Black. The styling of the bike has been changed and made look a lot like the bigger Z series bikes.
But the 2021 Kawasaki Z250 misses out on a twin Z style headlight but the shape is kept same. Apart from the new colours and styling the bike does not get other changes. It remains more or less the same bike as last year.
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Comeback in India
The Kawasaki Z250 was discontinued in India because of poor sales and BS6 Norms. The chances for this bike to come to India will be very less as this bike does not see a chance to stand against the competition.
The pricing was too high and the competition like the Duke 250, Leoncino 250 and Bajaj Dominar 250 offer more value for money. Also the bigger KTM Duke 390 is a bike which offers much more power at the same price.
The Indian market does not appreciate the type of engine over the power it produces. Even though a Kawasaki Z250 twin-cylinder engine has a different feel than the single-cylinder out there, there are very few takers for this bike.
Entering the consumer segment might also not be such a good thing for a brand like Kawasaki with a product like Z250. It is made to appeal a different type of enthusiast and bringing it right now in the 250 segments when it is so competitive will be foolish.
The 2021 Kawasaki Z250 rides on 17-inch alloys with 110 and 140 section tyre. Also, the suspension setup is of telescopic forks at the front which looks not so great when the competition offers USD at a lower price. The braking setup is also not that exception and gets dual Channel ABS.
For Japan this bike is priced at 610,500 yen (approx. Rs 4.3 lakh). This a very high price for India. Even if Kawasaki manufactures this bike in India they are not expected to price this bike below 3 lakh rupees. That is where the current 250cc segment in India is and it looks next to impossible for Kawasaki to bring the 2021 Kawasaki Z250 to India.