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Kawasaki ZX-4R launched globally, rivaling Honda CBR650R

Kawasaki has revealed the Ninja ZX-4R in the global market and it will be in the Supersports motorcycle lineup. Kawasaki will offer three variants of the new motorcycle, which are ZX-4R, ZX-4R SE and ZX-4RR. The new motorcycle will be positioned between the Ninja ZX-25R and the Ninja ZX-6R. The model is expected to launch in Europe in the fall of 2023.

The design of the Kawasaki ZX-4R is inspired by other ZX models.
The design of the Kawasaki ZX-4R is inspired by other ZX models.

Kawasaki is using a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, water-cooled engine with a capacity of 399 cc. It makes 75.94 hp and 78.9 hp with RAM intake. The engine can accelerate up to 15,000 rpm.

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For reference, the ZX-25R produces 51 hp and 22.9 Nm of torque from a 250 cc 4-cylinder engine. Then there is the ZX-6R using a 4-cylinder engine, with a capacity of 636 cc, producing 134 horsepower and 70.8 Nm of torque.

Kawasaki is using Showa’s advanced SFF-BP front fork for the Ninja ZX-4R. The Ninja ZX-4R SE and Ninja ZX-4RR models also have a preload adjustment mechanism. Furthermore, at the rear, there is a horizontal reverse-link suspension that offers the same progressive characteristics as the Ninja ZX-10R. In addition, the Ninja ZX-4RR variant has the same Showa BFRC-lite rear shock absorber as the Ninja ZX-10R.

Braking duties are performed by twin 290 mm semi-floating discs at the front with radially mounted monoblock brake calipers. Behind is a single 220 mm disc. The front tire has a cross section of 120 while the rear tire has a cross section of 160.

The motorcycle uses LED lighting and a 4.3-inch digital color LCD screen. In terms of driver assistance, there are KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and Power Modes. There are four modes to choose from – Sport, Road, Rain and Driver (Manual), the driver can easily choose the right setting to suit their own driving conditions and driving style . In addition, Ninja ZX-4R SE and Ninja ZX-4RR are also equipped with a two-way KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) gearbox that allows shifting up/down without a clutch.

First published date: February 2, 2023, 5:44 PM IST


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