If rumors are to be believed, Kawasaki is working on a ZX-25R quarter liter, 4 cylinder motorcycle.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- In short
-Kawasaki working on a four cylinder ZX-25R
-The bike will take design inspiration from bigger ZX siblings
-New engine could produce more than 40bhp
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- Full report
When the CBR250RR turned out to be a twin cylinder, we were ready to place a tombstone over our hopes of a sub-500cc quad. But now it seems that the roar may not have died out yet, as we keep hearing faint sounds from Kawasaki’s den.
The Kawasaki ZX-25R as we are calling it, is a quarter liter, 4 cylinder motorcycle which the Japanese manufacturer is heard to be working on. But truth is, we don’t have much on the bike and it may turn out to be a damp squib like the new Honda (Honda CBR250RR was reported to be a 4 cylinder initially). But as always, speculations are over the roof.
With the existing smaller Ninjas looking very much like ZX range, it needs to be seen how the manufacturer markets the new product. The new bike might be a replacement to the Ninja 300/250 in the segment.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- Design, Specs, Features
Like the existing Ninjas, The Kawasaki ZX-25R will take extensive inspiration from the bigger ZX siblings, maybe even more so.
The twin LED headlamps at front are sharper, along with the whole of front fascia. The side faring is different and the indicators will be positioned differently. The fuel tank and rear region sees very little change.
Unlike the Ninja 300, expect extensive ZX-10r inspired bodywork and colours.
The new Ninja will be based on the same chassis as the Ninja 300. Aluminium Swingarm, adjustable monoshock, USD forks and ABS will be part of the equipment list.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- Engine, Transmission
The Ninja ZX-25R is heard to be powered by a 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC mill producing 40 HP @ 12,000 RPM and 30 Nm @ 9000 RPM. Transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed unit.
Due to tax exemptions for motorcycles lesser than 250cc in markets like Indonesia, manufacturers are looking for better ways to improve the segment. For a company that built something as ‘outrageous’ as the H2 twins, a 4 cylinder 250cc doesn’t look all that difficult. But it will be interesting to see how Kawasaki keeps the weight down.
|Engine||4 cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled|
|Power||40 HP @ 12,000 RPM|
|Torque||30 Nm @ 9000 RPM|
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- Launch in India
Kawasaki ZX-25R is expected be launched in Indonesian market by late 2016 or early 2017. Indian launch will only happen later.
It is unclear whether Kawasaki is working on a bigger capacity version of the ZX-25R.
|Launch in India||Late 2017|
Kawasaki Ninja ZX25R- Price in India
On launch the ZX-25R is expected to be priced close to the existing Ninja 300
|Price in India (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 3.8 lakhs|