India Kawasaki Motor has launched the 2020 Z650 BS6 priced at ₹ 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom). The launch is just days after prices of the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 were announced in the country. The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 BS6 is just ₹ 25,000 more expensive than the BS4 version, which is much less compared to the initial price estimate announced by the company at around ₹ 6.25 lakh. The new middleweight naked motorcycle not only gets a revised engine that meets the new emission norms but a comprehensive set of upgrades as well.
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Visual upgrades are plenty on the 2020 Kawasaki Z650 and include a new full-LED headlamp that sports a sharp new design, while the tank shrouds get a new and angular design. There's a new 4.3-inch TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity, and the system works with the new Kawasaki Rideology app. The Z650 BS6 also comes with new Dunlop Sportsmax Roadsport 2 tyres.
Power on the 2020 Kawasaki Z650 comes from the 649 cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 8-valve engine that has been reworked upon to meet the BS6 emission norms. There is no loss in power and the motor continues to produce 67.3 bhp at 8000 rpm and 64 Nm of peak torque at 6700 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Interestingly, the middleweight motorcycle has shed three kilos in the transition from BS4 to BS6.
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Suspension duties are handled by 41 mm telescopic forks at the front and a preload-adjustable monshock at the rear. Braking performance comes from 300 mm twin discs at the front and a 220 mm single disc at the rear. The Z650 BS6 is offered in a single Metallic Spark Black shade as of now.
The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 takes on the Benelli TNT 600i in the segment. However, it could see competition from models planned by Honda in the middleweight space. Meanwhile, Kawasaki India has opened bookings for the Z650 alongside other BS6 compliant offerings and the bike can be booked at the company's dealerships or online on the manufacturer's offiical website.