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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Four-Cylinder Unveiled At 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Four-Cylinder Unveiled At 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Snapshot: The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Four-Cylinder Unveiled at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Power rumored to be in the 60bhp range.

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  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is a 250cc sportbike with a twist: four cylinders.

  • Trellis frame, big piston forks, and ‘power’ mode present as well.

  • Power rumored to be in the 60bhp range.

Kawasaki has unveiled the Ninja ZX-25R at the Tokyo Motor show. This is a sportbike that displaces 250cc, which, on the surface, seems like it is another version of the Ninja 250R. However, it isn’t – it has twice as many cylinders, and makes twice as much power. 

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R has a steel trellis frame, like the Ninja H2. There is an inline four-cylinder 249cc engine hidden within the fairing. This liquid-cooled DOHC motor is rumored to generate peak power in the range of 60bhp, which is twice that what the current crop of 250-350s generate.

It will have KTRC traction control, and a KQS quickshifter as well. There is a ‘power mode’ as well, although it is currently unclear what it exactly does. Brakes consist of a single front disc, but the calliper is a radially mounted monobloc one, which is unusual.

The suspension consists of big piston forks with a separate function. All this hardware is something usually seen in the 600cc track-focused sportbike segment. 

The power figure balanced with the weight a four-cylinder engine contributes to a motorcycle means that it won’t really be much quicker than a KTM RC 390. However, the big-bike feel, the refinement, and the feel from the brakes and suspension will be unmatched.

2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Bookings Start; Priced at Rs 19.70 Lakhs

None of this will come cheap, however, so it is highly unlikely that Kawasaki will look to sell the ZX-25R as anything but a very exclusive proposition in the Indian market. Which is a shame, because it has everything the Indian public loves – a sportbike format, a name with history and respect in the Indian space, and, above all else, the sound of an inline four-cylinder motor. 

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