Kawasaki has launched the BS6-compliant version of the Z650 motorcycle in the Indian market, with prices starting from Rs 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom). While Kawasaki had previously estimated the BS6 Z650 to cost about Rs 6.25 lakh, the revised model is actually just Rs. 25,000 more high as compared to the outgoing BS4 model. The new motorcycle not only gets an updated engine but also features a range of new upgrades, including visual improvements and new features.
The updates include a new brilliant looking full-LED headlamp, a redesigned fuel tank with an angular design, a new 4.3-inch TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity which works in organization with the Kawasaki Rideology app. Also used all-new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport tyres for front and rear wheels.
Kawasaki Z650 is powered by the regular 649 cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve engine that is now more clean. The engine generates 67.3 hp power at 8000 rpm, along with 64 Nm of peak torque at 6700 rpm. It is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. While most motorcycles have gained more weight in the evolution from BS4 to BS6 emission norms, Kawasaki has reduced 3 kg from the 2020 Z650, which means it now weighs 187 kg.
The suspension duties are handled by 41 mm telescopic forks up front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear, while braking is taken care of by 300 mm twin discs at the front, and 220 mm single disc at the rear. Kawasaki is offering the Z650 BS6 2020 in a single paint scheme, i.e. Metallic Spark Black. The middleweight super naked motorcycle clashes against the Benelli TNT 600i in the Indian market.
As of now, the two-wheeler manufacturer has updated almost all of its other bikes to satisfy with the demanding norms, most recently the Kawasaki W800 Street. Apart from these two motorcycles, the Japanese automaker is apparently also working on enhancing the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 to comply with the BS6 emission norms, with a launch expected soon.