Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2R motorcycle makes its North American debut at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, and has been dubbed one of the most powerful and fastest production motorcycles in the world.
The design and construction of the Ninja H2R involved the collaboration of Kawasaki’s best technical experts from several divisions of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Among many of the features that make the Ninja H2R an engineering marvel is the motorcycle’s supercharger, built by the company’s Gas Turbine & Machinery division responsible for building jet engines. Superchargers are designed to force more air into the engine for increased power, and apparently the one built for the Ninja H2R claims to be the most powerful in the world. With a 998-cc inline four supercharger housed in a steel trellis frame, the Ninja H2R boasts a 300-hp engine (a hundred more than the previous top dog, the BMW S1000RR) that with one wrong turn will hurtle anyone off course and up into the moon.
Although the carbon-body fiber work of the Ninja H2R follows function over form, the wings and vanes are stylishly placed without sacrificing their intent, and oriented no doubt to maximize stability and downward force at higher speeds and to enhance the efficiency of airflow for engine intake and cooling. One notable surprise is a shorter wheelbase, which clearly implies that the Ninja H2R is meant for the race track. Blending smart design with a uniquely built engine, the Ninjar H2R is expected to exceed 200 mph.
Additional specs are yet to be released, but many experts agree the Ninja H2R will feature “rider aids like traction control, launch control and ABS.”
Until we receive more specific performance specs, check out Kawasaki’s introductory trailer for the Ninja H2R, and if you are a motorcycle enthusiast, prepare to drool and swoon.