Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, earlier this morning, held an exclusive media-only launching ceremony at the Elite Highway Speedway Plus Circuit to release a new 250 cc contender into the Malaysian market, the All-New 2013 Street Fighter Z250. With its fierce looking, naked format, the Z250 is said to be a descendant of its bigger Z800 model.
“This new Z250 will expand our Kawasaki model line-up and complement our Kawasaki 250 cc class model range. We believe this model has been long awaited by our customers and we anticipate it will be a popular choice especially for those who wish to step-up into super-biking experience” said Kawasaki Motors Malaysia General Manager and Director Jeffrey Lim in his opening speech.
Despite being a descendant of the bigger cc Z models, the Z250 is also said to resemble its twin Ninja 250 but without the full fairing. Although it shares the same length, it is 35 mm wider, 85 mm lower and gets 5 mm more ground clearance than the Ninja. It features a “mass-forward, minimalist-tail” design, inspired by the street-fighter image with its muscular, athletic bodywork that supposedly hints at its performance.
The compact headlamp cowl with a mini meter visor is said to be a key styling element featuring a Multi reflector system instead of Dual (seperate) multi-reflector type on the Ninja. Being a naked bike, it also features a relaxed, upright riding position and wider handlebars for a more dynamic ride with smaller rake angle and trail value as opposed to the Ninja sport riding concept.
It uses the same engine as the Ninja which is a 250 cc, DOHC, 8-Valve, 4-stroke that outputs 31.5 hp at 11,000 rpm and pushes 21 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Its 17-litre fuel tank is said to deliver about 400 km.
Kawasaki placed a retail price of RM21,589 for the All-New 2013 Street Fighter Z250, and has brought in about 500 units for this year with a sales target of about 120 units per month.