Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R With Four-Cylinder 250cc Engine Under Development?

Kawasaki is working on a 250cc 4-cylinder engine according to reports. The 250cc engine is touted to produce around 45bhp and will take the quarter-litre motorcycle segment to the next level.

This however, has not been confirmed officially but this information is based on a poster that has surfaced on Gridoto. Small capacity, high-performance motorcycles were all the rage back in the 1980s and 1990s.

The big four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers – Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha – fought tooth and nail in this segment. The motorcycles were fast and loud, thanks to their high-revving engines. These motorcycles however died due to their gas-guzzling nature and made way for less-powerful but more economical twin-cylinder and single-cylinder engines.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Four-Cylinder 250cc Bike

Since 2018, rumours emerged about the rise of the four-cylinder quarter litre motorcycles. This time though, we have an image to put to the rumours. According to the poster, the motorcycle will be called the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R, and this in our opinion would be right as Kawasaki had on sale the Ninja 250 which was a twin-cylinder.

The Japanese brand now has on sale the Ninja 300 and the Ninja 400 as well, and both are powered by twin-cylinder engines. If Kawasaki had to launch a hardcore performance oriented motorcycle in this segment, it will come with the 'ZX' prefix and the 'R' suffix.

At this moment, one could say that the picture is a rendering, and it very well could be. However, that picture is one very realistic rendering, and too realistic to say that it is just a rumour. Up front, the design of the headlamp appears to have taken inspiration from the litre-class ZX-10R.

The body work, fuel tank and rear cowling have been taken from the Ninja H2R. Very neatly placed under the tank is the ZX-25R badging. The engine size looks just about right for a four-cylinder 250cc motorcycle, and the headers and downpipes look outright magnificent.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Four-Cylinder 250cc Bike

The exhaust pipes have then been routed under the engine and emerges under the seat, offset to the right. Four-cylinder, 250cc motors have always been about the performance. During the quarter-litre performance bikes race of the 80s and 90s, Kawasaki produced the Ninja ZX250R.

The liquid-cooled, inline-four-cylinder, 250cc engine produced a maximum power output of 45bhp and a peak torque output of 24.5Nm back in the day. Fast forward a few decades, and technology has advanced in a great way.

If such a motorcycle is launched in 2019 or 2020, it is safe to say that the output will be way over 50bhp. Small capacity four-cylinder engines can be tuned to rev up to a mind-boggling 20,000RPM. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX250R from the 80s touched 19,000RPM and that is just mighty.

Thoughts On Kawasaki Developing Four-Cylinder 250cc Engine For Ninja ZX25R

We have been hearing rumours about this motorcycle for a while now, and Kawasaki on the other hand has remained mute on the topic. The company has neither confirmed, nor denied the development of a 250cc, four-cylinder engine. This still means there is hope for us enthusiast to hear the high-revving engines once again.

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Article Published On: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11:45 [IST]

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