Kawasaki Z650 updated with sharper looks, cleaner engine

An cleaner, more efficient Euro5 compliant engine and updated looks headline the latest refresh for the Kawasaki Z650 range

Kawasaki Z650

The 2020 Kawasaki Z650 has undergone tweaks on and under the skin to clean up its act ahead of the new model year.

Powered by a 650cc parallel twin, revisions to the exhaust and airbox have allowed Kawasaki to bring the Z650 up to a Euro5 compliance and ensure a more refined riding experience.

The changes haven’t been consigned to just the mechanicals, Kawasaki taking the opportunity to give the Z650 a cosmetic makeover to keep it in line with the rest of the broad range.

This includes new Dunlop rubber, a mild facelift to bring it closer into line with newer ‘Team Green’ models and revised seating to improve comfort levels.

As with the newest models in the Kawasaki range, the Kawasaki Z650 is upgraded with a full 4.3in full-colour TFT dashboard, which comes with a full suite of technological gadgets, including Bluetooth, GPS logs and phone connectivity.

The Kawasaki Z650 will go on sale late January priced approximately £6500-£7000.

The Kawasaki Z650 is one of several new models to be getting their world or European debut at the 2019 EICMA show.

Taking pride of place on the stand is the supercharged Z H2 hypernaked, packing 200PS and a distinctive design, while the Z1000SX becomes the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX and also gets a styling update.

Meanwhile, the new Kawasaki Z900 gets its full dose of 2020 treatment, featuring advanced new technology and EURO 5 compliant engine emissions, while the retro W800 makes its European bow after being revealed in Tokyo.