Kawasaki ZX-4R global debut, rival Honda CBR650R

Kawasaki has launched the Ninja ZX-4R in the global market, which will appear in the Supersports motorcycle series. Kawasaki will offer three new motorcycles, the ZX-4R, ZX-4R SE and ZX-4RR. The positioning of the new motorcycle will be between Ninja ZX-25R and Ninja ZX-6R. The model is expected to go on sale in Europe in autumn 2023.

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

Kawasaki uses a water-cooled four-stroke four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 399 cc. It produces 75.94 bhp and 78.9 bhp of the RAM intake. The engine revs to a whopping 15,000 rpm.

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For reference, the ZX-25R produces 51 bhp and 22.9 Nm from its 250 cc four-cylinder engine. Then there’s the ZX-6R, which uses a 636 cc four-cylinder engine producing 134 bhp and 70.8 Nm.

Kawasaki uses Showa’s advanced SFF-BP fork for the Ninja ZX-4R. The Ninja ZX-4R SE and Ninja ZX-4RR models also feature a preload adjustment mechanism. Also, at the rear, there is a horizontal rear link suspension that offers the same progressive characteristics as the Ninja ZX-10R. Additionally, the Ninja ZX-4RR variant features the same type of Showa BFRC-lite rear shock as the Ninja ZX-10R.

Braking duties are handled by 290mm semi-floating twin discs at the front and radially mounted monobloc calipers. At the rear, there is a single 220 mm disc. The front tires have 120 knots and the rear tires have 160 knots.

The motorcycle uses LED lighting and a 4.3-inch full digital color LCD. In terms of rider assists, there is KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and power modes. With four options available – Sport, Road, Rain and Rider (Manual), the rider can easily select the appropriate setting to suit riding conditions and his or her own riding style. The Ninja ZX-4R SE and Ninja ZX-4RR are also equipped with bi-directional KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) for clutchless up/down shifting.

First published date: Feb 2, 2023 at 17:44 PM CST


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