Kawasaki Motors Malaysia celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with the launch of three models – the new Kawasaki Ninja H2, H2R and Kawasaki Vulcan 650S. The launch was held in Kuala Lumpur with the presence of Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs.
First introduced at the recent EICMA 2014, the H2 features a supercharged 998 cc four-cylinder engine developed with assistance from the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group. The engine makes 210 hp (197 without the ram air system) and 133.4 Nm of torque peaking at 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed dog-ring type transmission (normally found in F1).
In terms of handling, the H2 is built around a lighweight trellis frame made from high-tensile steel. The front suspension incorporates a KYB AOS-II racing suspension while the rear features a single-sided swingarm – a first for Kawasaki – with Uni-Trak linkage. Putting the high amount of power to a halt is a pair of massive Brembo brakes.
If you noticed, the H2 doesn’t look anything like its Ninja siblings. It features an extensive bodywork designed to defeat air. The fascia features a chin spoiler, and a ram air intake that channels air to the engine. Even the wing mirrors are created by the company’s aerospace division to achieve better aerodynamics.
As for rider support, the H2 is fitted with Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), launch control, engine brake control, ABS, quick shifter and electronic steering damper.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 comes in a special mirrored-finish black chrome paint. It estimated to be priced below RM154,000.
On the other hand, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a track-only version of the H2. It is powered by the same supercharged 998 cc engine, but packs a higher output of 300 hp. It shares most of the features and parts with the street-legal H2 but wears a more serious fairing work that incorporates winglets.
The Ninja H2R is not road-legal and may only be used for track riding. According to Kawasaki Motors Malaysia, the H2R is priced “around RM300,000” and comes with at least six track day packages. Both models are expected to be available starting early next year.