Kawasaki have not quoted any power figures for the street-legal Ninja H2, but we think it should be around 230bhp at least. Maybe more. Yikes!
After the track-use-only, supercharged, 300bhp H2R, which was unveiled at the Intermot in September this year, Kawasaki have now unveiled the street-legal H2. The H2 is powered by the same supercharged 998cc inline-four as the H2R, but this time, Kawasaki have not quoted any power/torque figures for the bike. We'd be surprised if it's anything less than 220-230bhp though, which is a hell of a lot for the street.
The supercharged fitted to the Kawasaki Ninja H2's 998cc inline-four uses planetary gears, spins at up to 130,000rpm and develops up to 20.5psi boost pressure. The bike's bodywork has been developed in collaboration with Kawasaki Aerospace and is designed to generate a significant amount of downforce at high speeds. And, according to Kawasaki, the Ninja H2's trellis frame provides strength and controlled flex, while the single-sided swingarm is mounted to the engine, which in turn is used as a stressed member. The other bits are all also there, of course – fully adjustable KYB suspension, twin 330mm front discs with four-piston Brembo calipers (with integrated ABS), digital LCD instrument panel, all-LED lighting, and a host of electronics, including multi-mode traction control, launch control, engine braking control, ABS and a quick shifter.
"Aside from minor differences in the engine, as well as an intake and exhaust system tailored for street use to meet noise and emissions standards, the H2's supercharged engine is essentially the same as the closed-course Ninja H2R. It delivers intense acceleration, unlike anything you can experience on a naturally aspirated bike," says a press note from Kawasaki. "The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific centrifugal-type supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and intense acceleration the engineers wanted. The unit is located centrally, behind the cylinder bank, in the best position to evenly distribute compressed air to all four cylinders," it adds.
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