Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Four-cylinder Supersport Unveiled

Modified On Feb 2, 2023 12:06 PM By Aamir Momin

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This 400cc faired bike is more powerful than the Ninja 650!

Kawasaki has taken the wraps off its new ultimate beast, the Ninja ZX-4R supersport. To call it a capable sportbike would definitely be an understatement, and here’s why.

It looks quite similar to its smaller sibling, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R, with sharp cuts and aggressive lines. That said, we’d have loved it if the ZX-4R was a bit more unique.

Now to the manic part. It is powered by a 399cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that makes 80PS (with ram-air technology that forces air into the engine, resulting in more power), that is 12PS more than the Ninja 650. The supersport can rev over 15,000rpm and is fairly light too, at 188kg kerb. The ZX-4R gets Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), four power modes (Sport, Rain, Road and Rider), and an optional bidirectional quickshifter.

Built on a trellis frame, the ZX-4RR gets a preload adjustable Showa SFF-BP USD fork and monoshock with compression, rebound and spring preload adjustable suspension setup. Braking duties are handled by a twin 290mm discs up front and 220mm unit at the rear with dual channel ABS. It rolls on 17-inchers, wrapped in 120/70 and 160/60 section Dunlop Sportmax rubber.

In terms of features, it gets a 4.3-inch colour LCD display with smartphone connectivity. The console has a track mode, which displays lap times, gear position and rpm. There’s no navigation, though.

Summing up, the ZX-4R is available in three variants: standard, SE and RR. The ZX-4RR is priced at an equivalent of around Rs 7.93 lakh in the U.S. but sadly, similar to the Ninja ZX-25R, the ZX-4R is unlikely to come to India. Prices of the other variants are yet to be revealed, and the bike will be launched in Europe in Autumn (September-November 2023). Though we may not be able to enjoy this 400cc inline screamer, we do have the potent 400cc parallel-twin-powered supersport, the Kawasaki Ninja 400.

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