2018 Kawasaki Z900RS: Retro styled version of the naked to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Modern classics have become quite the rage lately with several in Triumph's model line-up and the Scrambler Cafe Racer by Ducati.

By: | Updated: September 7, 2017 4:00 PM

Kawasaki is set to unveil a new retro styled motorcycle which will be based on the naked sport Z900, and as much as we seen so far the Z900RS will be one gorgeous looking motorcycle. And since the base is the Z900, it will be a looker which packs some serious grunt. It will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on 25th October 2017, as confirmed by a teaser released on YouTube. The design inspiration for the Z90RS comes from 1970s Kawasaki Z1. According to insider information with Motorcycle News, this motorcycle will give way to a new range of retro Kawasaki motorcycles. The Z900RS will compete with the likes of Triumph Thruxton and Yamaha XSR900, and there's more! Kawasaki plans to introduce supercharged variants of the motorcycle later in 2018.

As a matter of fact, modern classics have become quite the rage lately with several in Triumph's model line-up and the Scrambler Cafe Racer by Ducati. Seems like the old faithful retro styling will not just fade away so easily. And that is great news! Just look at these motorcycles. Exquisite classic apparel, but when it comes to going, it will go like a bat out of hell.

The Z900RS will be based on the Z900, hence power is likely going to come from the same 948 cc, in-line four-cylinder engine which makes 123 bhp at 9,500 rpm and 98.6 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

There is so far no word on when or if the Z900RS will arrive in the Indian market. Kawasaki launched the Z900, which replaced the Z800, in India this year and also this year, the Japanese motorcycle brand slashed prices on the Z900 (without accessories) bringing it to a very competitive level. Considering that modern classics are being well appreciated in India, Kawasaki may decide to add the Z900RS to its lineup here. We do hope it does.

(Image: digital rendition by MCN)

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