The year 2017 can be said to be the year when the Indian motorcyclist moved towards more power. A recent survey revealed that sale of motorcycles below 150cc went down this year. Hallelujah to that! But as the ladies and gents grow eager for power, the motorcycle manufacturers are also armed with machines for the sport, cruiser, adventure, cafe racer or even super sport kind. Here is a list of the most powerful motorcycles launched across various segments in India this year:
Litre-class (Fully-faired): Suzuki Motorcycle India refreshed its superbike portfolio in India, launching the new GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R in May 2017. The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is offered in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Mat Black colour options and is priced at Rs 19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, while the GSX-R1000R, which is available with a choice of Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black carries a price tag of Rs 22 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The new motorcycles are powered by a new 1000 cc, inline, four-cylinder engine with Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing derived from Suzuki’s MotoGP motorcycles, producing 199 hp of power at 13,200 rpm and 117.6 Nm of peak torque at 10,800 rpm.
Litre-class (Naked): Kawasaki launched the new 2017 Z1000 and its sportier variant, the new Z1000R, in India at a price of Rs 14.4 lakh and 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), respectively in April this year. The new motorcycle takes 3.4 seconds for a 0-100 kmph dash. It has a top speed of 258 kmph. Powering the Z1000 is a 1043cc inline, four cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 142 hp at 10,000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 111 Nm at 7,300 RPM. The engine of the new models is paired to a 6-speed gearbox.
Cruiser: Indian Motorcycle launched the Scout Bobber in India with prices starting at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in November 2017. Indian Scout Bobber gets its power from a 1131cc, twin cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. The motor is good for churning out respective power and torque outputs of 99 hp and 97.7 Nm.
Cafe Racer: BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT racer in India at Rs Rs 17.30 lakh (ex-showroom) in November during the India Bike Week. BMW R nineT racer gets its power from a 1170cc, air-cooled, twin cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission system. The engine cranks out a maximum power output of 110 hp while the peak torque figure stands at 116 Nm.
Fully-faired middle-weight: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India launched the new Honda CBR650F in India at a price of Rs 7.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in October this year. Powering the new Honda CBR650F is a 649cc, DOHC in-line, four-cylinder engine that produces 85 hp of maximum power at 11,000 rpm. The unit is mated to a new six-speed gearbox.
Naked middle-weight: Kawasaki Z900 replaced the Z800 in the brand's product line up in March this year at a price tag of Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and about Rs 7.5 lakh without additional accessories. The Z900 is powered by a 948 cc liquid cooled, four-cylinder engine that produces 125 hp of power and 98.6 Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed transmission.
Tourer: BMW K 1600 B was launched in India alongside the R ninT Racer at a price of Rs 29 lakh. The K 1600 B gets its power from a 1649cc, inline six cylinder engine that has been linked to a six-speed gearbox. The engine is good for developing respective power and torque figures of 160 hp and 175 Nm. The transmission of this motorcycle gets a quickshifter along with a reverse gear.
ADV: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 XCx is the largest adventure tourer motorcycle in the British brand's lineup. It was launched in India at a price of Rs 18.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is powered by a 1,215 cc inline three engine which makes 137 hp and 123 Nm of torque. Also included in terms of kit is a ride-by-wire throttle and an array of riding modes that include - Road, Rain and Off-Road, as well as a programmable Rider mode.
Hyper: Ducati 1299 Superleggera was launched in India in January this year at an eye-watering price of Rs 1.12 crore. It is powered by Ducati's most powerful twin-cylinder 1,285 cc mill that generates 212 hp of power and 146.5 Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed transmission with a quick shifter. Read all about it here
300-400cc: KTM RC 390 is powered by a 373 cc engine that generates 44 hp of power and 36 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with slipper clutch. It was launched alongside the RC 200 in January this year at a price of Rs 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
200cc: KTM RC 200 a liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection that produces 25 hp of power and 19.2 Nm of torque which is paired to a 6-speed transmission. It is priced at Rs 1.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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