Kawasaki has launched the 2020 Z900 in India and the motorcycle now gets a BS-6 compliant engine, lots of electronic ride aids and subtle cosmetic changes.

Kawasaki has rolled in a wonder Christmas present for all you motorcycle enthusiasts out there. Kawasaki has launched the new 2020 Z900 in India and it has been priced from Rs 8.50 lakh to Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom). The previous iteration of the Kawasaki Z900 retailed in India for a price of Rs 7.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Now that’s a considerable bump in price but Kawasaki has given the new motorcycle considerable updates to justify the new price.

2020 Kawasaki Z900 launched in India for a starting price of Rs. 8.50 lakhs.

The older Z900 had one major criticism and that was the lack of sufficient electronic aids. So let’s start with addressing that first. The Kawasaki Z900 has been equipped with four riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain and Manual), three-level traction control system and two power modes. It’s the first time the Z900 has got such an expansive suite on electronics. The new motorcycle also gets a new 10.9cm TFT instrument cluster which also features smartphone connectivity via the Kawasaki Rideology App.  

Visually, the new Kawasaki Z900 does not look all that different from the older model. However, if you look closely, you will be able to tell the differences. For starters, the new motorcycle gets a completely new LED headlamp but elsewhere, the body panels are mostly similar with new graphics. The new Kawasaki offering is available in two shades of Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black.

The new Z900 also gets a BS-6 compliant engine

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There is a major mechanical change as well. The 948cc, in-line-four cylinder engine has now been made BS-6 compliant and despite confirming to the new emission norms, the motorcycle has not seen any drop in power. The engine continues to develop 125PS at 9500rpm and 98.6Nm at 7700rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox with slip and assist clutch.

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The underpinnings of the also remain unchanged. It features the same frame, suspension and braking hardware as seen on the older bike. The motorcycle uses 41 mm Upside Down forks at the front and while the rear gets a monoshock setup with adjustable rebound and preload functions. Braking power comes from 300 mm dual disc brakes at the front with the axially mounted four-piston calipers and 250 mm disc with a single piston caliper at the rear. However, the 2020 model gets new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres, which we hope to offer better grip in wet conditions as the older tyres struggled for traction on wet tarmac. The motorcycle locks horns against the Triumph Street Triple S, Suzuki GSX-S750 and the KTM 790 Duke.