Kawasaki ZX-4R Revealed Now comes With 80hp
The Kawasaki ZX-4R sportbike from Kawasaki has been introduced abroad, and the main talking point is that it is powered by a 399cc inline-four engine. This little engine has a maximum power output of 80 horsepower and can reach revolutions of over 15,000 rpm (with RAM air assistance). The torque value for the motorbike built to European specifications is yet unknown. The bike will be offered in three different versions: normal, SE, and RR, each with unique features, accessories, and colours.
A 399cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine with a peak power output of 77.5 horsepower (which increases to 80 horsepower with RAM air assistance) and a 6-speed transmission power this little sportbike. A brand-new steel trellis frame with Showa suspension at each end houses this inline-four engine, albeit the specs change depending on the version.
The Showa SFF-BP fork (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) and preload-adjustable horizontal mono-shock are standard on the ZX-4R. The SE version receives the same hardware but also offers front fork preload adjustment. The shock is a Showa BFRC-lite unit, which is comparable to the shock on the ZX-10R superbike, and the fork is preload-adjustable as well on the top-spec RR version. The ZX-4R’s regular and RR models both weigh 188 kg, while the SE model comes in at 189 kg.
The inclusion of dual 290mm disc brakes at the front, which is clamped down by robust Nissin four-piston radial callipers despite the master cylinder being an axial unit, is another unusual feature for a small-capacity bike like this. Dual-channel ABS is a standard feature, and the single rear disc is a 220mm unit. The 120/70-ZR17 front tyre and 160/60-ZR17 rear tyre have the same tyre proportions as the more capacious but less powerful Ninja 650.
There are several electronic riders aids available on the ZX-4R, including four riding modes: Sport, Road, Rain (which are pre-set), and Rider (which is fully customisable). The connected traction control and power modes will be impacted by changes to the riding modes as well. A bidirectional quick-shifter is available as an optional extra on the base variation but comes standard on the SE and RR models.
A 4.3-inch colour TFT dash with Bluetooth compatibility controls the whole system and offers turn-by-turn navigation and alerts for notifications. Additionally, the dash features a distinct “Track” configuration that only displays the lap timer, gear position indication, and revs that are over 10,000 rpm (indicating that the engine is approaching its redline and its peak power).
Instead of the top-spec RR model in the Kawasaki ZX-4R lineup, the mid-spec SE variant has the most features. A smoked front visor, the KRT paint job, frame sliders, and the bidirectional quick-shifter are included as standard equipment with the SE. On the top-spec RR, everything except the last is additions that are optional. The regular model can also be equipped with these extras. All three models come equipped with LED illumination.
Kawasaki has only disclosed prices for the highest-spec RR version, which costs $9,699, so far (approx. Rs 7.95 lakh). The ZX-4R is a one-of-a-kind vehicle given its unique engine design for its displacement class. The Honda CBR650R, another Japanese inline-four with a price of $9,899, is the closest rival (approx. Rs 8.11 lakh). The CBR is a bigger, more powerful (producing 95hp internationally, 87hp in India), but heavier bike, at 211kg, with a very little price difference between the two.
Given that the Kawasaki ZX-4R has been homologated for use on European roads, unlike the Kawasaki ZX-25R, which was sold only in a few markets (which have regulations similar to those in India), and that Kawasaki sells almost all of its international models in India, it’s not completely impossible for the ZX-4R to arrive here. If so, budget for a price that is much more than the parallel-twin Ninja 650’s Rs 7.12 lakh; it may be as high as Rs 8 lakh–8.5 lakh, if not more.
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