UPDATED | Could a new Kawasaki ZX-4R be revealed October 1st?

A new teaser video is doing the rounds and whisper is that a new Kawasaki ZX-4R sports motorcycle will be released on October the 1st

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R

KAWASAKI Indonesia has released a teaser video that announces that a new motorcycle will be unveiled on October the 1st – if rumours are correct it could be the new Kawasaki ZX-4R Ninja!

The rumours of the Kawasaki ZX-4R Ninja have been around for a while now, with Visordown first reporting on them in March of this year – see below for that article. Then it was the mystic crystal-ball gazers at Young Machine breaking the ‘news’. Either that rumour has gained traction, or we are on the cusp of a new-age 400cc sports bike revolution!

You may be wondering what all this has to do with us in the UK, well a couple of things really. First off, we didn’t get our hands on the tiddly ZX-25R Ninja, and that’s a crying shame. Its fizzy little 250cc four-pot motor and sporty chassis would have made it a hoot on Britain’s B-roads.

Could a new Kawasaki ZX-4R be revealed on October 1st?

The thing is, the ZX-25R didn’t come to the UK for good reasons, predicted low sales compared to more middleweight machines being probably the biggest. A ZX-4R Ninja thought is a slightly different proposition though. With its slightly larger capacity, yet still inline four-cylinder engine configuration, a ZX-4R could be much closer to the established pack of new-age middleweight sports bikes – things like the Aprilia RS660, and Yamaha R7. We aren’t saying it is going to happen, but with some competition already for sale in the UK market, Kawasaki might see it fit to send the ZX-4 to Europe as a kind of sportier incarnation of the venerable Ninja 650.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the presentation as it happens and bring you all the details once they arrive.

A preview of the much rumoured Kawasaki ZX-4R has surfaced in its native Japan as the manufacturer prepares to unleash a new generation of sportsbike for Europe.

Talk of a new 400cc inline-four sportsbike has been rife for some time, ever since Kawasaki invoked the golden era of ‘screamers’ with the launch of its low-capacity, high-revving ZX-25R in Asia in 2020.

With emissions regulations preventing Kawasaki from importing the ZX-25R to Europe as it is, it has instead applied the ethos to a 400cc drivetrain with confirmation of its impending arrival seemingly confirmed by patent documents last year.

Now Young Machine - the authority for forthcoming Japanese motorcycles - has made the ZX-4R its latest cover star with a render that is likely to bear very close relation to the final product. Its headline feature also suggests Kawasaki is gearing up for an official world premiere very soon.

Though it is related to the ZX-25R, the ZX-4R is expected to borrow heavily from the latest generation ZX-10R for design, notably an evolution of the sunken headlight and sharp nose, while the fairing design shows a revision with an addition of a built-in air-duct.

It is also likely to feature premium touches such as Kawasaki Traction Control and anti-wheelspin, upside-down front forks and different power modes. The jury is out, however, on whether Kawasaki will cave to public pressure and launch it in full retro green, white and blue livery following an overwhelmingly positive response to a one-off WorldSBK livery evoking the ZX-7R of the 1990s.

There is no talk of how much power and, well, torque the ZX-4R might produce, but somewhere in the region of the ZX-25R’s 50bhp would be the minimum, though it could also push up towards 75-100bhp to put it in range of the Yamaha R7 and Aprilia RS 660.

What is less clear is whether the ZX-4R is being touted as a replacement for the now out-of-production ZX-6R.

Having quietly slipped off price lists, though there remains stock of the ZX-6R, there have been conflicting reports as to whether it will be replaced like-for-like or whether the combination of the ZX-4R and the better-selling 650 Ninja will act as de facto successors.

It’s a similar approach adopted by Yamaha, which has discontinued the R6 and launched the much milder, but more mainstream R7. It is expected to launch an R9 - based on the MT-09 - this year, however.