2012 ZZR1400 coming on October 10

When 200bhp just isn't enough...

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Fri, 02/09/2011 - 15:20

KAWASAKI'S new ZZR1400 looks set to make its first official appearance on October 10.

Details about the bike are sparse to say the least, with rumours ranging from an increased capacity – up from 1352cc to nearer 1450cc – to the possibility of a turbo or supercharged version.

Whatever the truth turns out to be, the ZZR will be vaulting ahead of the new ZX-10R as Kawasaki's most powerful bike, and in doing so must clearly step over the 200bhp threshold. At the moment there's some ambiguity about both the ZZR and the ZX-10R's claimed power figures, both only make more than 200bhp with the aid of ram-air, but peak at just under 200 without it.

The latest clue to the bike comes courtesy of a video – apparently an official Kawasaki teaser – 'leaked' to Bikeland.org. You can see the video here.

The endless references to “14” suggests that the bike it's hinting at will be the ZX-14 (the American name for the ZZR1400).

You can read our original ZZR-1400 review here.

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