Kawasaki Teases H2 Street & H2R Track Test

October 6, 2014
Bart Madson
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Kawasaki pulled the wraps off its new Ninja H2R at INTERMOT, promising a street version would be on display at EICMA in early November. Team Green continues its marketing push, releasing more videos promoting its much-hyped supercharged Ninja, including the first image of the street-legal H2.

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The first video shows a brief side-by-side silhouette of the track-only H2R and street-legal H2. The forthcoming street version of the H2 sports a lower windscreen, different upper fairing and larger exhaust canister (is it just me or does the exhaust look Z1000-ish?). Proving its street-legal credentials are the license plate carrier out back and mirrors up front, the latter replacing the H2R’s wing-like bodywork.

The H2 appears to retain the R’s distinctive green trellis frame, but there is no indication on the supercharged engine’s state of tune. The street version’s power claims will undoubtedly tumble from the R’s much-hyped 300 hp, but how much? We’ll have to wait until the November 4 debut at EICMA, or another teaser video…

The second video shows the H2R living up to its track-only billing. The footage shows the H2 during track testing. It gives the clearest images yet of the new Ninja in action. Enjoy.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 Photo Gallery

Kawasaki bills the Ninja H2R as a closed-course production model  with a street version promised for the EICMA show. The most dramatic pieces of the Kawasaki Ninja H2s carbon fiber bodywork are the wing-like  downward sloping fins flanking the windscreen and mid fairing. Wind tunnel design also played a hand in the carbon fiber cowling upper fairing  which channels air Kawasaki has laid down the forced induction Superbike gauntlet with a staggering 300 hp claim with the supercharged Kawasaki H2R.