Kawasaki to phase out ZX-14R from the market post 2020

Kawasaki have announced that its flagship model, the ZX-14R, will be discontinued next year. But, last few stocks of the motorcycle will be available for sale till then. This will be based on an order basis.

Not just in India, but Kawasaki will pull the plug on the ZX-14R in Europe. The ZX-14R has been on sale there for a span of 13 years. As of now, there is no replacement for the ZX-14R on the pipeline, but we can not rule out one in the coming future.

Kawasaki have the Ninja H2 SX here as well as in Europe, which is an equivalent to the ZX-14R. The Ninja H2 SX will now be the flagship model in Kawasaki’s line-up. Unfortunately, the reason for the motorcycle’s axing has not been disclosed yet.

Sources and industry insiders say that it may be due to the BS-VI emission norms here and Euro 5 norms in Europe. In short, Kawasaki will have to spend a fair amount of money to comply the ZX-14R to the upcoming norms. The ZX-14R is available at an expensive price here.

It comes priced at Rs.19.70 lakh (ex-showroom). The ZX-14R employs a 1441cc, four-cylinder, petrol engine. This engine produces a massive output of 200 BHP power and 158 Nm of torque.

In fact, it boasts of 0-100 kmph at a time of under 3 seconds, which is a super impressive feat. On the other hand, the ZX-14R has largely remained unchanged, with only a few additional features and cosmetic changes introduced into it over the years. As of now, Kawasaki will look to cash in on its entry level offerings here, which include the Ninja 300, Ninja 400 and the W800.


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