Supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R unveiled

Turbocharged bikes were a short-lived fad during the 1980s, but now Kawasaki’s Ninja H2R marks the return of the forced induction motorcycle.

However, instead of a turbo, the newcomer’s 998 cc four-cylinder engine uses a specially-developed supercharger. Although actual specs and performance data have yet to be revealed, the target output is a whopping 295 bhp (220 kW / 300 PS).

Kawasaki Ninja H2R (2015) Front Side

The Ninja H2R is built around a trellis frame. It’s designed to be stiff while being capable of sufficient flex to aid stability and give the rider decent feedback. Similarly, the carbon fibre bodywork features aerodynamic elements that are deliberately shaped to keep things planted at high speeds.

A street-legal Ninja H2 is due to be unveiled in November, but the Ninja H2R is intended solely for closed-course use. In other words, it could be the ultimate track day tool.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R (2015) Fairing DetailKawasaki Ninja H2R (2015) Rear Side

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