Alleged leaked patents of new and supercharged Kawasaki Ninja R2 model surfaces.
Here’s a set of alleged leaked patent drawings of the upcoming Kawasaki Ninja R2 supercharged supersports model.
Loyal followers would remember that earlier this year, we brought you reports that Team Green intends on expanding its supercharged line up further for 2017. The first of which is the Ninja R2 – a bike that Kawasaki aims to rewrite the supersports genre and segment with.
According to MoreBikes.co.uk, the site that published these alleged leak patents, it says that the Kawasaki Ninja R2 will feature a smaller 600cc version of the supercharged 998cc in-line four-cylinder that powers the Ninja H2 and H2R.
However, previous reports indicate that the Ninja R2 will be an 800cc machine instead. Whilst we cannot verify the bike’s actual engine displacement, Kawasaki will undoubtedly employ its supercharging method here nonetheless.
From the patent, it is easy to note that the Kawasaki Ninja R2 will have looks that blend styling cues from both the Ninja ZX-6R supersport and Ninja H2R track bike.
The drawings also indicate that the bike will underpin a trellis frame chassis design as well. Besides the bike’s design patent, the site also published two other drawings of the supercharger system the Ninja R2 will employ.
Details are scant beyond what we’ve just laid out, but this is an interestingly development nonetheless. If these really are the patents of the upcoming Kawasaki Ninja R2, and if it really does have a 600cc displacement, it could very well rewrite the supersports segment indeed.
Presently, the Japanese-made supersports segment has been stagnated by poor sales and demands, not forgetting the fact that strict new emission standard have forced the demise of a few like the Honda CBR600RR.
Yamaha has recently teased a possible new replacement of its Yamaha YZF-R6 model, but we reckon that Kawasaki supercharged answer will create an equal amount of buzz to prompt other rivals – read Suzuki and Honda – to consider reviving their supersports entries.
For now, best we all keep an eye out on Team Green during the upcoming INTERMOT and EICMA shows.