Supercharged Ninja H2 launch this month

Are we on the brink of a new era in superbikes?

Posted: 1 September 2014
by Visordown News

KAWASAKI has announced that it will launch a new “ground-breaking” motorcycle at Intermot in Cologne on September 30.

Other than the name – Ninja H2 – the firm hasn’t released any definite details about the bike, but all indications are that it will be the machine that uses the supercharged four-cylinder engine the firm revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

This is the full text of the firm’s press release:

'With cutting-edge performance recognised as a core element of the Kawasaki worldwide DNA, the company will showcase yet another ground-breaking motorcycle at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Cologne starting on Sept 30th. A motorcycle “Built Beyond Belief”.

'Drawing on skills and experience from experts within not just the company’s motorcycle division but across its aerospace, gas turbine and other high-technology contemporary manufacturing disciplines as well, Kawasaki is anticipating huge international interest in the project that has evocatively been christened Ninja H2. Harnessing the power of the Kawasaki manufacturing group “collective strength”, the H2 will represent a unified engineering and state of the art technology approach.

'Capturing the spirit of the 750cc Mach IV H2 that, along with the 500cc three cylinder H1 and all-conquering 903cc Z1 Super Four, epitomised Kawasaki’s market defining performance image, the Ninja H2 project is set to add yet another name to the roll call of machines that embody Kawasaki’s performance and engineering expertise while changing the motorcycle landscape forever.'

The key part is the reference to the firm’s gas turbine and aerospace divisions. The same terms were used when the supercharged engine was shown last year.

That prototype motor appeared to be based on some of the same castings as the ZX-6R unit, but with the addition of a supercharger to boost power. The new ‘H2’ reference could be a suggestion that the final engine will actually be around 750cc. With a supercharger, the resulting motor would probably be powerful enough to destroy 1000cc normally-aspirated bikes in performance terms, while potentially being smaller and lighter. The implication is the sort of radial step forward that was last seen on the 1992 Fireblade and the 1998 Yamaha R1.

The firm has launched a teaser website which shows a few silhouetted elements of the bike, leaving no doubt that in terms of its shape it’s a proper superbike.


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Brilliant, it's about time bikes caught up with cars. This isn't for me but what would be is the bike they could build which would give reasonable performance with much better economy. VW do it with their TFSI engines, I don't see why we couldn't go for 100HP and 100MPG.

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 19:17

And 100KG :)

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 19:53

And £100 haha

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 00:21


Aki
This does look to be a logical step forward, smaller, lighter turbo or supercharged engines giving greater efficiency and lower emissions?

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:21

This screams emissions, carbon offset and not performance for the punter. Like Seat VAG are currently doing, small engines with both superchargers and turbo chargers fitted. Great on economy at low output usage keeping the green folk happy yet fast on motorways. (The one I had for a week was admittedly awesome). However long term, high mileage second-hand models in a few years will see problems. We'be been here before. Don't be sold into thinking it's for the benefit of reliability & speed.

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:50

Sorry for the typo's damn this predictive text 'not so'-smart phone.

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 10:52

Good idea, we will what is the reality?

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:48

Good idea, we will see what is the reality...

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:49

If you want to compare to petrol VAG turbos, those engines are really good. Albeit turbos rather than SC'd.

Its a logical, and inevitable next step. Just be glad the companies are still developing the engines as the bike scene isn't what it used to be :(

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:49

(I've had 2 1.8T models btw, and they go on till at least 150k miles)

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:50

Whilst medium sized car engines with superchargers and / or turbos are good for high mileages (as Snagzie says they typically do upwards of 100K miles before needing anything major replacing), don't forget that a 1.8 turbocar makes (say) 180bhp equating to 180bhp per litre, a 750cc supercharged motorcycle engine making maybe 180bhp (which it would need to make to be competietive against the latest superbikes), equates to around (OK - I'm getting my calculator out now...) 240bhp per litre, so the bike engine will be almost two and a half times more highly tuned !!

Bottom line is that I tend to agree with Tasha 2 in that after 3 or 4 years and 20 - 30K miles a 750cc supercharged bike engine may well be shot !!!

Just my two penneth !!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 14:38

To be honest it's not the power but the torque. Most of us are on the litre class because 600s are so peaky. I can live with a limited lifespan for better economy and tank range.

Not to mention the multitude of crap fuels about to hit these shores due to the EU!

Supercharging seems the way forward!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 16:10

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