Back in 2018, Kawasaki updated the whole H2 with a mid-cycle facelift. However, as far as mid-cycle facelifts go, the Ninja H2(s) were updated quite thoroughly. For those of you who may not be aware, these are the most powerful – and perhaps most expensive – bikes that are currently on sale in the Indian market.
As discussed above, while mid-cycle updates usually are a simple nip-and-tuck job with few updates here and there, Kawasaki has done the exact opposite. They have gone completely bonkers that is! The updated Ninja H2 range features a new TFT colour instrumentation along with smartphone connectivity, uprated and lightweight Brembo callipers, new Bridgestone RS11 sport tyres and Kawasaki’s ‘Highly Durable’ paint that comes with a special coat with self-repairing function – it repairs minor scratches by itself.
The supercharged 998cc inlinefour-cylinder engine, on the other hand, has gained 31 horses in the updated model – meaning it now produces a stratospheric 228bhp! Kawasaki won’t reveal how that has been achieved, but it could be a simple remap job. Well, let’s hear what more the Kawasaki H2 has on offer.
Well, as we discussed just above, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 features a 998cc inlinefour-cylinder engine, which is supercharged. And it now has gained 31 horses with the update, meaning it’s good for 228bhp.While that figure stands for the more powerful H2 R, the H2 produces 197bhp. As for the torque output, it’s 134Nm. It uses liquid for cooling and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as a sole fit.
This engine has still not been updated to meet the new tighter BS-VI emission standards, which only means it runs on BS-IV emissions.
The design is mean and it’s in line with the other Z(s) in the Kawasaki range. The headlamps are big with a twin-pod arrangement that looks very, very aggressive. There’s more muscle-flexing all round, with the exposed green trellis frame taking the centre-stage. As for its dimensions, the bike measures 2,085mm in length, 770mm in width, and 1,125mm in height. It has a ground clearance of 130mm, wheelbase of 1,455mm and a seat height of 825mm. The kerb weight of the Ninja H2 is 238kg.
Fuel tank capacity
Since this is one of the fastest motorcycles in the country, this only translates it as one of the least efficient ones of the lot. As per some reported figures, it returns somewhere around 15km/l of mileage. As for the fuel tank, it can take up to 17-litres of gasoline.
The bike is built around a high tensile steel trellis frame. Moreover, the suspension duties are handled by beefy 43mm inverted forksat the front and NEW Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shockat the back. The 17-inch wheels are shod with a 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) tyre at the front and a much fatter 200/55 ZR17 M/C (78W) tyre at the back. For braking duties, Kawasaki has equipped it with dual 330mm disc brakes at the front and a single 250mm disc brake at the back.
Electronics suite includes a Bosch Inertial Management Unit or IMU that takes care of the traction control, ABS, cornering management system, power modes, wheelie-control, et al. There are cruise control and smartphone connectivity, and the bike gets a full TFT-colour display.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2, as of early-2020, is available in two shades, namely, Mirror Coated Spark Black and Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black. As mentioned above, both shades come with a special coat with self-repairing function.
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As of early-2020, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is available in two variants. The price for the Standard variant is Rs. 34.99 lakhs, and the price for the Carbon variant is Rs. 41.79 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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