Kawasaki Z H2 SE adds ‘bling’, Skyhook innovations to supercharged naked

The Kawasaki Z H2 adds a new 'SE' flagship to lavish the supercharged supernaked with more 'bling' and integrate its new Skyhook suspension technology

Kawasaki Z H2 SE

Twelve months after Kawasaki ramped up the so-called ‘supernaked’ category with the launch of its Sugomi-styled, supercharged Z H2, it it expanding the range with two new variants; Z H2 SE and SE Performance.

Describing the new flagship as adding ‘yet more bling’ to a machine that you wouldn’t necessarily describe as subtle, the Kawasaki Z H2 SE features its own unique paint and graphic look - in short, a sharper shade of green - and a number of new features both on the skin and under it.

At its core remains the 998cc inline four cylinder engine boasting 200hp with electronic riding aides - cruise control, integrated traditional control, launch control and Corner Management Function helping you keep all of that supercharged power on the tarmac.

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Some fettling under the skin has seen Kawasaki integrate its new Skyhook suspension technology courtesy of partners Showa.

With a 1 millisecond reaction time, Skyhook adjusts the damping electronically to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed with the intention of keeping the body of the vehicle in a constant attitude while the wheels and suspension follow the dips and deviations in the road surface.  Deceleration is also considered, allowing the pitching that occurs under braking to be managed.

Kawasaki has also upgraded the ergonomics with smartphone connectivity to the firm’s Rideology app, allowing you to monitor your journeys and mileage more easily.

The Kawasaki Z H2 SE is priced at £18,349 - up from the standard Z H2’s £15,149.