Kawasaki Z H2: Picture Gallery
Here’s a compilation of detailed images of the Kawasaki Z H2 straight from the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show to help you understand the bike a bit better
After months of teaser images, Kawasaki has finally unveiled the Z H2 at the Tokyo Motor Show. This manic beast packs a supercharged engine just like the Ninja H2 but minus the faring. There’s a tonne of work that’s gone into the bike, so without further adieu, here’s a compilation of detailed images that will help you understand the Z H2 a bit better.
Kawasaki’s hypernaked retains the Z series' “Sugomi” design language, but looks more aggressive and beefier than its siblings.
The dissimilarities extended to the LED headlight as well, which sports a frame-mounted unit rather than the convention fork-mounted one seen on most streetfighters.
The Z H2 adopts an asymmetrical design language where the air intake duct for the supercharger is positioned on the left side of the motorcycle. This massive air intake pulls in a huge amount of oxygen for the supercharger. The supercharger compresses the air and sends it or the engine, thereby offering a better air-fuel-ratio which generates more power.
Interestingly, the Z H2 features a full-digital instrument console unlike the Ninja H2 which uses an analogue-digital unit. However, both consoles are Bluetooth-enabled and display information like gear position indicator, shift indicator, remaining range, current/average fuel consumption, clock and an eco riding indicator. You also have boost pressure and boost temperature indicators for the supercharger aside from the conventional readouts.
Pan to the rear and you’d notice that the hypernaked gets the signature Z series tail lamp.
At the heart lies a supercharged 998cc, liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder engine which dishes out 200PS and 137Nm of peak torque at 11,000rpm and 8500rpm respectively. In comparison, the faired Ninja H2 makes 231PS at 11,500rpm and 141.7Nm at 11,000rpm.
The exhaust end-can is a rather beefy unit and hints towards a Euro-5 compliant engine. However, there’s no official word for Kawasaki.
There’s also a bunch of electronic nannies to keep that frenetic motor in check. The hyperbike boats of integrated riding modes, traction control, launch control, cornering ABS, a bi-directional quickshifter and an electronic cruise control, all monitored by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
Strangely enough, the Z H2 tips the scale at 239kg, making it 1kg heavier than the Ninja H2 despite doing away with the full fairing. It’s also 40mm wider and 5mm taller than its faired counterpart.
The Z H2 makes do with a double-sided swingarm instead of the single-sided unit seen on the Ninja H2. The added weight could be attributed to this configuration.
The chassis is new as well and has been specifically designed for the Z H2. It also gets SFF-BP forks (separate function fork-big piston) and a rear monoshock, both fully adjustable just like the Ninja H2.
Anchoring the bike are twin disc brakes up front clamped by Brembo calipers and single disc at the rear. Its 17-inch wheels come wrapped in 120/70-section front and a fat 190/55-section rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.
The Kawasaki Z H2 will be available in three colours - green, red and black - which only represent the colour of the chassis and graphics.
We can expect the Japanese manufacturer to launch the Z H2 in India sometime around mid-2020 since it already offers the entire H2 range here. Expected the bike to set you back by Rs 30 lakh to Rs 32 lakh (ex-showroom). While it doesn't have a direct rival, the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro comes quite close to its territory.