Kawasaki Eliminator: A Potential Arrival in India


Kawasaki has recently introduced a Japan-specific version of the Eliminator with a 399cc engine. However, the company has now developed a larger 451cc engine, derived from the Ninja 400, which is expected to be introduced in international markets, including India.

Engine: More Power and Mid-Range Focus

The new Eliminator will feature a larger liquid-cooled, 451cc parallel-twin engine. This engine is an extension of the 399cc mill found in the Ninja 400, with an increased stroke length. Kawasaki claims that the focus of this engine will be on low and mid-range performance, rather than a high-revving top-end, making it well-suited for the relaxed nature of the Eliminator cruiser.

Design: A Blend of Cruiser and Neo-Retro Elements

The Eliminator showcases a design that combines cruiser aesthetics with blacked-out neo-retro elements. It features a raked-out front end and a more visually appealing design compared to the larger Vulcan S. While the bike boasts modern underpinnings, it stays true to the cruiser format with its twin shock absorbers.

Variants: Standard and SE

The Eliminator will be available in two variants: standard and SE. Both variants share the same mechanical specifications. The SE variant offers additional features such as dual-tone paint, fork gaiters, a USB type-C charger, and a small flyscreen.

Features: Tech and Convenience

The Eliminator comes with a range of features, including a digital dashboard with Bluetooth connectivity, a slip-and-assist clutch, a USB type-C charger (exclusive to the SE variant), and full LED lighting. The Japan-spec model boasts an undisclosed unique feature.

Possibility of an India Launch

The original Kawasaki Eliminator 175 was initially perceived as a premium offering in India but gained a significant following over time. It played a crucial role in establishing the success of the Bajaj Avenger. Although the current Eliminator model shares only the name with its 175cc predecessor, there is a possibility that the new bike might make its way to the Indian market, especially considering its upcoming European launch. If it does arrive in India, it will face competition from rivals such as the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 and the Benelli 502C. Adventure awaits as we eagerly anticipate Kawasaki's decision regarding the launch of the Eliminator in India.

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