Straight from the minds of the folks at Kawasaki Heavy Industries comes the Z H2; the world’s first supercharged streetfighter motorcycle. It was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 and is expected to make its way to India sometime next year. Until then, you can ogle at the Z H2 in this detailed image gallery.
The Z H2 is certainly not the most exciting motorcycle to roll out from Kawasaki (Oh how we wish it borrowed the Z1000’s genes!). It was a topic of discussion ever since photos of the motorcycle were first leaked.
However, Kawasaki has efficiently added design elements of the ‘Z’ family to the Z H2. At the front, in between the sharp and purposeful air intakes is a full-LED headlamp that seems to be picked up from the Z400’s parts bin.
And everything, right from the broad shoulder lines on the fuel tank to the stubby tail section which houses a split seat and LED tail lamp has been inspired by the Z900.
Don’t panic, because all the real action is housed in the tubular steel trellis frame. There is the 998cc, inline-four cylinder, supercharged motor that puts out 197bhp and 137Nm. It has been tuned to give the Z H2 low-end streetfighter grunt.
Along with the full-colour TFT screen, the Z H2’s electronic suite consists of four ride modes, three engine modes and launch control along with wheelie control cruise control and traction control.
Kawasaki hasn’t held back when it comes to cycle parts either. The bike employs Brembo M4 calipers with 290mm disc at the front and a 226mm disc at the rear for braking. The suspension setup is sourced from Showa with Big Piston Forks upfront and a monoshock for the rear.
The Z H2 is available in three colour options. There is the distinctive metallic black with green highlights similar to the Ninja H2, a similar theme although with red highlights and a completely black paint scheme.