A Naked Supercharged Beast
We’ve been reporting on the teasers that Kawasaki has dropped on the new Z H2, but now the company has finally unveiled the motorcycle. The Z H2 is the Z lines new flagship model. It definitely fits in the Z family, but it also has some things on it that are definitely right out of the Ninja H2’s playbook. That’s not a bad thing.
The hyper-naked motorcycle features a cowl similar to other Z models and is comprised of a mix of glossy surfaces and bright accent colors. As you can see, the bike shown here features the very Kawasaki green accents and frame. Overall, it’s a muscular and handsome motorcycle built for speed and sporty riding. It’s an absolute beast of a supercharged machine.
Speaking of the powerplant, the bike gets a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine with a supercharger. It’s rated for 197 hp and 101 lb-ft of torque. That’s on par with the Ninja H2 SZ, which means there’s room for Kawasaki to build a Z H2R if it wanted to. That engine is mated to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch and Kawasaki’s quick shift technology.
Other equipment and features include three ride modes, traction control, wheelie and launch control, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, the Rideology app, and three different power modes in addition to the ride modes. The rider also gets a small windscreen and a new TFT color display that provides data like ride mode, speed, tachometer, and much more. Pricing and availability have not yet been released.