Kawasaki has reintroduced the Z900RS to the Indian market at a steep price of Rs 16.47 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The bike is being imported through the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route, which attracts hefty duties and accounts for its high price, even more than the Rs 16.15 lakh ZX-10R superbike.
2023 Kawasaki Z900RS Details
The 2023 Z900RS is equipped with a 948cc, inline-four engine that is liquid-cooled and borrowed from the Z900 naked bike, but it has been tuned to deliver more mid-range power. The inline-four engine generates 111hp at 8,500rpm and 98.5Nm of torque at 6,500rpm, with peak torque available 1,200rpm earlier than the Z900. Although the Z900RS has 14hp less peak power than the Z900, its early torque delivery makes up for it.
Despite sharing the same main frame as the Z900, the subframe of the Z900RS has been significantly modified to accommodate the classic stepped single-piece seat. It has the same 17-liter fuel tank as the Z900, as well as the dual-channel ABS with twin 300mm front discs and 250mm single rear disc.
The Z900RS boasts twin analog dials with a small digital inset instead of the Z900’s full-color TFT dash, fitting in with its neo-retro styling. Despite its old-school look, it features modern safety features such as all-LED lighting, a slipper clutch, and traction control.
The Z900RS comes in two colors, Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Imperial Red and Candy Tone Blue, and with a steep price tag, it is expected to have limited sales, similar to its previous BS6-era launch. The Triumph Speed Twin 1200 is its closest competitor, priced at Rs 11.09 lakh (ex-showroom, India) with local assembly, making it a more affordable option.
Kawasaki also offers the Z650RS, which features similar design elements and is powered by the 650cc parallel-twin engine from the Ninja 650, at a much more reasonable price of Rs 6.92 lakh (ex-showroom, India).