Kawasaki will introduce a new sport-touring model featuring its new balanced supercharger technology next month at EICMA.
The as-yet-unnamed model follows the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R in Kawasaki’s supercharged lineup, but the engine will use the balanced supercharger technology the company presented at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The technology uses an electronically-controlled gate to manage the flow of air into the supercharger.
Along with improved low- to mid-range pulling power, Kawasaki claims the technology will offer better fuel economy, which in turn means a longer range, important for a sport-tourer.
What remains to be seen is whether the rest of the engine will be the same as the H2’s powerplant, or if Kawasaki will be applying the forced induction technology to a new engine. Kawasaki will likely continue to use the H2’s 998cc engine but we can’t entirely rule out a different displacement.
As for the new model’s name, some are guessing it will be called the Kawasaki Ninja H2 GT. The Ninja name, however, implies a focus on sporty performance, while Kawasaki is emphasizing the sport-tourer’s fuel economy and low- to mid-range performance. A better fit might be some variation on the name Concours, such as a “Kawasaki Concours H2” perhaps.
We’ll know for certain when the supercharged Kawasaki sport-touring model breaks cover next month at EICMA.