Kawasaki has expanded its Versys 1000 line-up in Europe, with the introduction of the new Versys 1000 S.
Versys 1000 S launched in Europe at €14,227 (Rs 12.25 lakh)
Gets heated grips, cornering lights and a quickshifter
Misses out on electronic suspension
Kawasaki Versys 1000 variants
The Versys 1000 range includes the standard model that we get in India, a top-spec Versys 1000 SE and now, the Versys 1000 S that slots itself in between the two.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 S engine and equipment
Powering the new Versys 1000 S is the same 1,043cc, inline, four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 120hp at 9,000rpm and 102Nm of torque at 7,500rpm.
The Versys 1000 S is largely similar to the range-topping SE variant. It boasts of features like smartphone connectivity, heated grips, cornering lights, a quickshifter and Kawasaki’s self-healing paint. The most notable difference between the two models is that the S misses out on the electronic suspension. In fact, the 2021 Versys 1000 SE has received an update that includes the Showa Skyhook system.
The Versys 1000 S, on the other hand, gets suspension that is manually adjustable for preload and rebound damping, just like the base variant that is sold here.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 S price and launch
At the moment, the Versys 1000 S has been made available only in Europe at €14,227 (Rs 12.25 lakh), roughly €1,900 (Rs 1.63 lakh) below the SE. The Kawasaki Europe website, at the moment, does not include the base variant and it remains to be seen if the new S will act as the entry point into the Versys range. If this is the case, we could expect the bike to reach Indian shores sometime next year.