Kawasaki Unveils Ninja 500 and Z500 at EICMA 2023

Kawasaki Unveils Ninja 500 and Z500 at EICMA 2023

Kawasaki has made a striking debut at EICMA 2023 by introducing two exciting middleweight models: the Ninja 500 and Z500 and these bikes are powered by a potent liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and are designed to cater to different riding preferences.

The Power Behind the Thrill

While comprehensive details about the powerplant are yet to be revealed, it's worth noting that Kawasaki refers to these models as "500cc," even though they share the same 451cc parallel-twin engine recently introduced in the Eliminator 500. This engine, which is known for its peppy performance, produced 45.4hp at 9000rpm and 42.6Nm at 6000rpm in the Eliminator. It offers a broader torque spread and a lower redline compared to the more focused Ninja 400. Additionally, a slip-and-assist clutch complements the engine and both bikes feature Kawasaki's signature trellis frame ensuring reassuring handling and a beginner-friendly seat height. Notably, both the Ninja 500 and Z500 are A2-compliant in Europe, making them suitable for novice riders.

Tech Features

On the tech front, both models come equipped with LCD displays as standard. The higher-spec SE variants take it up a notch with a Bluetooth-equipped TFT display, a USB-C charging port, and even keyless ignition. Considering Kawasaki's extensive presence in the Indian market, it's highly likely that the Ninja 500 will soon grace Indian roads, potentially accompanied by the Z500.

Expanding the Hybrid Lineup

In addition to the Ninja 500 and Z500, Kawasaki has expanded its hybrid motorcycle lineup. Following the Ninja 7 Hybrid's introduction last month, the new Z 7 Hybrid enters the scene as its naked counterpart. It shares the same 451cc parallel-twin engine found in the previously mentioned models, paired with a 9kW traction motor, resulting in a total output of 58hp, just like its faired sibling. The Z 7 Hybrid offers up to 12km of electric-only riding before the internal combustion engine (ICE) takes over to recharge the battery. An 'Eco-Hybrid' mode provides a blend of electric and combustion power, and riders can choose between manual or automatic gearshifts, with manual shifting controlled via a switch on the left handlebar, eliminating the need for a clutch lever.