Quick Comparison: Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs. Yamaha R3

Yamaha R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400: 2018 Ninja 400 was one among those dream machines of Indian fans that missed the limelight of Auto Expo 2018. Closest rival Yamaha R3 was relaunched in India for INR 3.48 lakh while Ninja 400 made it to India for INR 4.69 lakh. Both prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi. Yamaha recently hiked the price of R3 by INR 1000 in India, it is now priced at INR 3.49 lakh.

2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

While the name sounds more dominating in Ninja 400, Yamaha R3 is nothing less than a deal breaker for Kawasaki with its huge fans following. As Kawasaki has launched Ninja 400 along with Ninja 300 in India, here are three sure-shot factors that can help future buyers decide easy between both all new Ninja 400 and Yamaha R3.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

Yamaha R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400

# Engine/Performance/Output

Yamaha R3 is powered by a 321cc, twin cylinder engine producing 42 HP at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Even after including full fuel tank and fluids, the bike weighs just 173 kg. Kawasaki Ninja 400 is powered by a bigger 399cc, twin cylinder engine producing 49 HP at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm at 8,000. That’s a huge difference as Ninja 400 weighs equally good at 173 kg. Even when you add those ugly looking accessories that are mandatory, it will never be a problem for Ninja 400 rider to bring R3 down in most aspects.

Yamaha R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400
YZF-R3 Ninja 400
Displacement 321 cc 399 cc
Transmission 6-Speed 6-Speed
No. of Cylinders 2-Cylinder 2-Cylinder
Max. Power 42 HP @ 10,750 rpm 49 HP @ 10,000 rpm
Max. Torque 29.6 Nm @ 9000 rpm 38 NM @ 8000 rpm
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection Fuel Injection
Engine Cooling Liquid-Cooled Liquid-Cooled
Engine Setup 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC
Top Speed 188 kmph (Approx.) 190+ kmph (Approx.)
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# Dimensions/Seating/Equipment

Yamaha R3 measures 2090mm in length, 720mm in width and 1135mm in height. Wheelbase available is 1380mm while seat height stays quite comfortable at 780mm. It comes with 14 liter fuel tank and offers 160mm of ample ground clearance. Ninja 400 is a bit compact with 2020mm of length, 710mm of width and 1120 mm of height. They offer almost similar (785mm) seat height and wheelbase available is 1370mm. Fuel tank measures 14 liters while ground clearance for Ninja 400 is 140mm. If you live in an area with rough roads, R3 is a better option while compact dimensions of Ninja 400 makes it better for all other purposes.

 YZF-R3 Ninja 400
Length 2090 mm 2020 mm
Width 720 mm 710 mm
Height 1135 mm 1120 mm
Wheelbase 1380 mm 1370 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm 140 mm
Seat Height 780 mm 785 mm
Kerb Weight 173 kg 173 kg
Fuel Tank 14 litres 14 litres
Instrument Console of Yamaha R3
Instrument Console of Kawasaki Ninja 400

Brakes & Suspension

 YZF-R3 Ninja 400
Brakes (F) 298 mm Single Disc 310 mm Single Disc
Brakes (R) 220 mm Single Disc 220 mm Single Disc
Suspension (F) Conventional Forks Conventional Forks
Suspension (R) Adjustable Monoshock Adjustable Monoshock
ABS 2-Channel ABS 2-Channel ABS

Frame & Tyres

Yamaha R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400
 YZF-R3 Ninja 400
Frame Diamond Trellis
Front Tyre 110/70-R17 110/70-R17
Rear Tyre 140/70-R17 150/60-R17

# Pricing/Placement of Products

Yamaha R3 is priced at INR 3.49 lakh. This price tag includes dual channel ABS and Metzeler tyres. When compared with Ninja 400 at INR 4.69 lakh, the pricing part is still better for Yamaha R3. Justifying INR 1.20 lakh of price hike for limited increase in values is not a good idea for India. The updated YZF-R3 is a better value for money deal in comparison to the Ninja 400.