Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the brand’s highest-selling motorcycle in India thanks to its punchy performance and, of course, an attractive price of Rs 2.98 lakh. However, rumours were suggesting that after putting a stop to the BS4 Ninja 300’s production, Kawasaki wouldn’t be updating the bike to meet BS6 standards, rather discontinue it. However, that might not be the case as a test mule of what seems to be the BS6 Ninja 300 has been recently spotted.
The pictures of the test mule have been taken from behind but they are more than sufficient to figure out that the bike is indeed the Ninja 300. This nullifies all the earlier rumours and we believe that Kawasaki is indeed working on making Ninja 300 BS6 compliant.
Considering Ninja 300’s immense popularity, taking it off the shelves would have been a huge disaster for Kawasaki. Yes, the Ninja 300 has indeed been replaced by the more powerful Ninja 400 in many international markets, but its outrageous price (Rs 4.99 lakh) in India makes it farther to reach by the masses. Hence, putting the Ninja 400 as its entry-level motorcycle wouldn’t have done any good to Kawasaki, especially when bikes like KTM 390 Duke, KTM RC 390, etc., have already elevated the competition by an enormous margin.
BS6 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is expected to be powered by the same sweet parallel-twin engine with some internal tweaks to meet the stringent norms. The rest of the bike would remain the same. Kawasaki might throw in a couple of new colours and graphics, which it loves to do anyway. But apart from that, there wouldn’t be any much of a difference between the BS6 and BS4 Ninja 300.
Also, the one major thing that saved the Ninja 300 from drowning – its price, would be increased owing to the changes for BS6 standards. Let’s see how steep that hike would be.
All prices are ex-showroom