Video – Watch the Kawasaki Ninja H2 take on the twisties
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Supercharged to produce 210 PS.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 superbike world premiered at the EICMA 2014 amidst much fanfare and here is a promotional video of the eagerly anticipated supercharged roading going monster.
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Previewed by the closed-course Ninja H2R at the INTERMOT 2014, the Ninja H2 is a marginally watered down version. The design, while still being super aggressive, loses some of the H2R’s outlandish bits. The street-legal Ninja gains headlamps, LED daytime running lights, a rear license plate holder in addition to a revised exhaust.
While the H2R has a claimed target horsepower of 300 PS (295.7 bhp), the production model’s supercharged 998 cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine pushes out 200 PS (197.1 bhp) at 11,000 rpm and 133.5 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm.
Mated to a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper clutch, the engine’s output can be increased to 210 PS with the addition of ram-air. The higher-output version has a kerb weight of 238 kg, resulting in an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 882.35 PS/tonne.
Kawasaki has not revealed the performance stats yet but has assured that the latest litre class superbike will offer an acceleration unlike any naturally aspirated production motorcycle.
Competitors: Yamaha YZF-R1, Aprilia RSV4 RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Honda CBR1000RR, Ducati 1299 Panigale