At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Kawasaki unveiled the supercharged Z H2 streetfighter and a four-cylinder pocket-rocket, the new Ninja ZX-25R.
Here's the eagerly anticipated Kawasaki Z H2 – the brand-new naked monster from the house of the green. First things first, it’s based on the H2, meaning this one is equally mad as it too is powered by a supercharged motor! In fact, it’s the only mass-produced supercharged streetfighter in the world right now. Although you can say that there’s no street in the world where this motorcycle can be unleashed fully!
Highlights of the Z H2, of course, include the supercharger four-cylinder 998cc engine that churns out 197bhp and 137Nm of torque! That makes it one of the most powerful naked in the world right now – only the MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro and the upcoming Ducati V4 Streetfighter better it in total power output stake. Coming back to the motor, Kawasaki says that compared to the H2, the motor in the Z H2 has been tuned to deliver more mid-range grunt. Why? Because, street-bike practicality, of course!
The design is mean and it’s in line with the other Zs in the Kawasaki range. The headlamps are big with a twin-pod arrangement that looks very, very aggressive. There’s more muscle-flexing all round, with the exposed green trellis frame taking the centre-stage. The chassis is complemented by Showa Big Piston Fork (BFP), while Brembo’s radially mounted, four-piston M4.32 front brake calipers bring the much-needed stopping power. Electronics suite includes a Bosch Inertial Management Unit or IMU that takes care of the traction control, ABS, cornering management system, power modes, wheelie-control, et al. There are cruise control and smartphone connectivity, and the bike gets a full TFT-colour display.
Alongside the Z H2, Kawasaki also unveiled the new ZX-25R at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now while it may sound like just another quarter-litre bike, that’s not just it. This one is a four-cylinder 250cc motorcycle! And while Kawasaki hasn’t revealed the power output, it’s expected to produce around 60bhp! Not only that, it comes packed with top-of-the-shelf cycle parts such as a separate function upside-down fork like the ZX-6R, power modes, traction control, quick-shifter and monoblock front brake caliper that's mounted radially.
The Z H2 is expected to come to India soon, but the chances of the ZX-25R making it to our country are meek as it’ll turn out to be a pretty expensive motorcycle for its segment here - pricier than the Ninja 400 even!.