Kawasaki ZX-6R Could Relaunch In India
Kawasaki has redesigned its iconic ZX-6R supersport for 2024 with new styling, a modern TFT screen, and, most crucially, a Euro-5-compliant 636cc screamer engine.
Yes, quite a bit. The revised look of the 2024 ZX-6R is crisper and more aggressive. The dual LED headlights have been redone, and the face has been updated to match the current-generation ZX-10R. Behind that new visage is the now-signature Kawasaki TFT dash, which replaces the (aesthetically beautiful) digi-analogue unit from the previous generation. The TFT dash also includes Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to receive notification alerts and navigation updates by pairing it with your smartphone.
Updating it to meet Euro-5 emissions standards has had an effect on its performance and weight; it now weighs 2kg more, at 198 kg (with its 17-litre fuel tank fully brimmed), and produces 2hp and 1.8Nm less.
The same liquid-cooled, 636cc inline-four screamer engine that produces 128hp at 13,000rpm and 69Nm at 10,800rpm powers the ZX-6R. Peak torque is now made 200rpm lower in the rev range, for the keen-eyed among you. This engine is connected to a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox with a quickshifter. The company’s website does not say whether this is a bidirectional unit, however, the presence of throttle cables indicates that it is most likely the same up-only quickshifter as the previous model.
This engine is nestled within an aluminium perimeter frame that is suspended by a USD fork and monoshock, both Showa components that are completely adjustable. A pair of Nissin monobloc callipers clamping down on twin 310mm petal discs at the front and a single-pot calliper clamping down on a 220mm disc at the rear handle braking duties.
As with the previous model, there are two power levels – Full and Low – and a three-level traction control system. This 2024 model additionally has four riding modes: Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider (all of which are totally customizable). The front and rear tyre sizes are the same as the previous generation, at 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17, respectively. The bike, however, now relies on Pirelli Diablo Rosso 4 tyres rather than Bridgestone Battlax S22s.
The question that will undoubtedly be on everyone’s mind is, will the ZX-6R be revived in India? Currently, there has been no word from the corporation on this topic. However, given that the ZX-6R is still in high demand in the used market and that the Euro-4 model was sold in our country, Kawasaki may well introduce this updated, emissions-compliant variant here.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R is priced at £10,599 (about Rs 10.8 lakh) in the UK, slotting it squarely between the Z900 and the Ninja 1000. This was also true of the previous model, which was sold in India. If it does make it to India, the Kawasaki ZX-6R is expected to cost roughly Rs 12 lakh.
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