One of the biggest changes to the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 is the use of a BS 6 compliant 399cc parallel twin engine.
It was only recently that Kawasaki India announced the launch of the newly updated 2022 Ninja 400 motorcycle in the market. The bike renews its rivalry with the KTM RC390 sport bike thanks to updated aesthetics, new features and a new, cleaner engine. At the price of ₹4.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the Ninja 400 comes as a significantly higher priced offering compared to its orange counterpart which has been priced at ₹3.14 lakh (old showroom). Here’s how the two models compare in various other aspects.
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On the outside, the new 2022 Ninja 400 has also been updated with new color options. It is now available in Lime Green with Ebony and Metallic Carbon Gray which features green highlights. And if you recall, the next-gen RC390 got a very thorough exterior update earlier this year. Its dual-beam headlights have been replaced with a larger single-lamp lamp reminiscent of higher-placed KTM bikes. Needless to point out, the two bikes look separate and quite premium in their categories.
One of the biggest changes to the new Ninja 400 includes the use of a 399cc parallel-twin engine that is BS 6 compliant. Previously, the BS 4-spec model was suspended from sales in the country in April 2020 due to stricter emission standards. In the latest iteration, the motorcycle is designed to deliver 44 hp of peak power and 37 Nm of peak torque. However, in comparison, the RC390 comes with a smaller 373cc single-cylinder engine, capable of producing 42.9bhp and 37Nm. Needless to point out that both bikes offer nearly equivalent power, despite the RC390 having a smaller engine. The drivetrain unit on both bikes remains a six-speed unit.
That said, the Ninja 400’s suspension duties are taken care of by 41mm telescopic front forks and a preload-adjustable monoshock for the rear. On the other hand, the RC390 has a non-adjustable upside-down front fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock for the rear.
Some of the key features of the 2022 RC390 include the use of a new TCS (traction control system), cornering ABS, quick shifter, TFT display and switchgear. multifunctional. While the Kawasaki comes with dual-channel ABS and an all-digital display.
Date of first publication: June 25, 2022, 4:48 PM IST