Now, Kawasaki has debuted yet ANOTHER machine aimed at improving the sustainability of our rev-happy future, and they’ve just debuted the thing at EICMA 2023, Hall 11P, Stand N46.
Meet the naked variant of Kawi’s hybrid efforts, the Z 7 Hybrid.
According to Kawasaki UK’s recent press release, the 2024 Z 7 carries the exact same two power sources as its Ninja 7 sibling, with a 451cc, water-cooled, four-stroke twin cylinder heart mated to a 9kw maximum rated electric traction motor.
The end result, then, should be the same promised for the Ninja 7: “650cc to 700cc-class overall performance with the instant acceleration to rival that of a 1,000cc-class supersport model from a standing start.”
In English, that’s around 58-68hp of power (68 peak), with the bike purported to give around the same fuel efficiency as that of a 250cc ICE engine.
Of course, power of these ratings can still be offset by little things like mass centralization and weight; in this case, we’ve yet to be gifted those figures, though we’re getting a very nice tradeoff with a look at the neat Ride Modes this thing touts.
Just like in the Ninja 7, the Z 7 carries three Ride Modes (Eco Hybrid, Sport, and e-Boost) that allow riders to use a combo of electric and ICE power or full electric power.