First Look: Kawasaki Electric Concept
Kawasaki hit 2019 EICMA with a number of interesting items, but I think the most notable entry may be the sleeper-hit of the year; the EV Project. That’s right sports fans, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is showing us that they are looking at displaced-carbon/electric motorcycles, and the “Electric Concept” gives us our first glimpse of what the concept is like moving forward.
Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology
Kawasaki has finally spoken up. For a long time, the Japanese Green Team has been silent about their electric plans, despite being poked by the media a gazillion times. OK, for a moment of honesty here. The manufacturer had unveiled an electric Tron-ish concept bike - the Kawasaki J-Concept back in 2014, and again in 2018. A truly far-fetched idea, but nothing for the current bunch of masses. Now though, they is something cooking up.
Tethered to the elements of a Ninja 300 and a Ninja 650, Kawasaki showcased an electric powertrain concept at the recently concluded EICMA, 2019. While they released a video featuring the Ninja 300 EV pacing on the tracks, the Ninja 650 EV’s bones bolted with the electric powertrain was the attractive element at the Kawasaki stall during the unveiling of six new machines for the 2020 lineup.
Kawasaki is planning to get back the four cylinder quarter-liter
TMC blog, an Indonesian automotive portal has published excerpts from an interview with Mr. Michael Tanadhi, Deputy Head of Sales and Promotion PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia. There he confirmed that the Japanese brand is currently scouring for opportunities to develop a new four-cylinder quarter-liter, and we believe it will be a fully faired sportbike category.
Kawasaki unveils the 2018 Z900RS modern-retro to the world
With almost every brand entering the neo-classic craze, Kawasaki is bringing one of its own classics back. Although it has the W800, the Z900RS will depict a much more modern take with thoroughly done modish mechanical features, fit and finish.
Unwrapped at the ongoing Tokyo International Motor Show, this is Kawasaki’s attempt at bringing back the legendary motorcycle which had defined the term “Superbike” back in ’72 with a 903cc four-stroke DOHC inline-four machine.
Kawasaki unveils the brand new 2018 Ninja 400.
The Ninja 400 is not a badge you’ll see for the first time on a Kawasaki machine. The Japanese used to make the ‘Ninja 400R’ in 2011 for Asian, Canada and New Zealand markets. But was culled from the showroom floors within a couple of years of its launch.
The news of the new 2018 Ninja 400 has been doing the rounds on the internet ever since a Milwaukee television news broadcast gave us a glimpse of the 399 cc green machines while they were parked on the streets for a commercial shoot. Then, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicated that the motorcycle would be coming to US shores soon.
All of this gave us the kicks, and it was only time before it was confirmed. Well, it’s now officially arrived as expected.
Kawasaki teases us with their modern-retro 2018 Z900RS.
When Kawasaki filed a trademark application for Z900RS more than a year ago, it made us believe the Japanese intentions of bringing back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972. The bike that was then known to be called as the Z900 in a few markets and it carried a 903cc four-stroke DOHC inline-four machine that defined the term “Superbike”.
Fast forward to 2017, the Japanse Green brought back the Z900 nameplate with an aggressive naked streetfighter onto the streets that looked unlike anything else. Now though, the same nameplate is getting a suffix for a bike that will echo the character and attitude of the vintage Z1.
It will be called as the Z900RS. Kawasaki’s modern-retro.