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New Kawasaki Ninja 250 with four-cylinder mill under study

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 was first presented in the year 1983 in Japan.

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The Kawasaki ZXR250 of the 90s has a four-cylinder, quarter-litre mill which redlined at 19,000 rpm and peaked at 45 hp.

In a recent conversation with Mr. Michael Tanadhi, Deputy Head of Sales and Promotion PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia,  the report in TMCBlog confirms that Kawasaki is studying a four-pot quarter-liter motorcycle, “including the pricing and marketing” strategies for the product.

Kawasaki is not a new to the world of four pot quarter liters. Back in the late 80s and 90s, their Kawasaki ZXR250 was 249 cc transverse four cylinder machine which redlined at the 19,000 rpm. The output was capped to 45 hp due to Japanese regulations but could stretch out to well above  50 hp. With modern day technologies like fuel injection, ride by wire and high-performance cylinder material, reaching output levels of ZXR250 will be highly probable.

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Kawasaki Ninja 250 at present uses a twin-cylinder mill which produces 32 PS of power.

An automobile, Kawasaki ninja 250 with four cylinders will be a lone wolf in modern day marketplace, much like what the ZXR250 was in the early 2000s when all the other Japanese brands had moved to a twin cylinder setup for a quarter-liter segment. Kawasaki although will have more grunt to fight the Honda CBR250RR which with its 38.7 PS output is the most powerful series production quarter liter.

The 250cc hunk will be using the same chassis as its Ninja twins. As for the suspension setup, an aluminum swingarm with an adjustable mono-shock at the rear, and front USD forks make up the unit. The Kawasaki Ninja 250 Rs 128,000 will be priced close to Rs. 4 lakhs in Indian money in the Indonesian market.

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If the decision is made to produce the motorcycle, a premium pricing is expected to be in the place for the upcoming Kawasaki 250cc four pot. After all, Kawasaki has been known for the technology driven brand and not as the volume driven one.

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