Rumour: Modenas Z400RS Coming in 2024?

The rumour wheels of the internet are running again with speculation that Kawasaki is preparing to introduce a baby RS called the Z400RS, or even Z4RS.

According to reports coming out of Japan, Kawasaki is set to continue with its usual model line up where the introduction of a new Ninja model will immediately be followed by a Z model, and in recent years, that will be followed up with an RS model.

It is also worth noting that this is not the first time that these rumours have floated, the first was in 2022, but considering that the ZX-4R has already hit some markets, this could just be the year the rumours come true.

Just as a refresher, Kawasaki introduced the ZX4-R early last year and even previewed it at the Bangkok Motor Show at the second half of 2023.

The ZX-4R is powered by a 400cc, inline 4-cylinder engine pushing 77PS. A naked-Z variant will soon follow with the same engine and suspension variant.

However, word on the grapevine is now suggesting that a retro naked model will also follow suite, ala Z900RS and the Z650RS.

Why would Kawasaki do that though? Well besides the fact that Kawasaki has been doing that in recent times already, Kawasaki has also done so before in the 70s with the 400-RS. Back then, the Zephyr and FX name plates were used.

Some Japanese media outlets are reporting that there is a 70% chance of the Z400RS (or Z4RS) being introduced sometime in quarter three of 2024.

So how does Modenas fit into this picture?

Lets not forget that Kawasaki and Modenas strengthened their relationship in Malaysia with Kawasaki increasing its shares in the Malaysian company. This happened sometime in 2021 with an official announcement made in 2022.

Besides the changing of Kawasaki dealerships, one of the key takeaways from that is a rebranding exercise.

In Malaysia, all Kawasaki bikes 650cc and under are rebranded as Modenas while anything above that will continue to carry the Kawasaki brand.

This is why models like the Versys are known as the Modenas Versys.

So with the imminent introduction of the Ninja ZX-4R in Malaysia, could we soon see a Modenas Z400RS?

If the rumours are to be believed, it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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