There’s a number of exciting motorcycles expected to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which begins today. We knew that Kawasaki would showcase the supercharged Z H2, and we’ve also learnt that their stall at the expo also has the ZX-25R, which was rumoured to be under development earlier this year, on display.
As earlier reported, the ZX-25R will be powered by a 249cc, inline-four-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine. The manufacturer has not revealed power or torque figures just yet. However, the Kawasaki ZX250R, sold between 1989 and 1997, produced 45hp and 24.5Nm of torque, and was capable of revving up to a mind-boggling 19,000rpm. It’s highly likely that the inline-four on the ZX-25R will also be capable of similar output figures.
We also know that the new baby Ninja will run some sophisticated hardware, like a Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) fork and Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-link rear suspension. The ZX-25R will also offer electronics like Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) technology, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) and power modes.
Visually, it features Kawasaki’s more recent design language that’s seen on the ZX-6R and the Ninja 400. However, unlike those two motorcycles, the ZX-25R features a stubby exhaust end-pipe, giving it a sharper, cleaner look.
Considering the rumoured power figures, and the hardware on offer, the ZX-25R won’t be cheap. It’s also unlikely that it will make its way to India anytime soon. In international markets, however, it will take on the likes of other small-capacity, high-performance bikes like the Honda CBR250RR.