Kawasaki will maintain its three-model Ninja H2 line in 2018, including the closed-course H2R alongside the street-oriented H2 and H2 Carbon.
At the heart of all three is a supercharged, 998cc Inline Four engine. But in the H2R is allowed to run to its highest potential, putting out more than 120 lb-ft of torque at 12,500 rpm compared to the 98.4 lb-ft promised at 10,500 rpm on the H2 and H2 Carbon. The H2R produces in excess of 300 horsepower, while the street versions hover closer to the 200 hp mark. The H2R is also close to 50 pounds lighter than the 524.8-pound H2.
All three share the fully adjustable 43mm inverted AOS-II Fork and Uni-Trak Ohlins TTX36 shock. Each as a six-speed dog-ring transmission, dual 330mm semi-floating front brake discs and radial-mount four-piston calipers along with a single 250mm rear disc with two piston calipers and KIBS ABS front and rear.
The suite of electronics available matches across the line too, with Kawasaki Corner Management function, traction control, launch control, engine brake control, quick shifter and Ohlins electronic steering damper.
In terms of the H2 and H2 Carbon, the primary difference is a carbon fiber upper cowl. And price.
The H2R carries a $55,000 price tag, the H2 Carbon prices at $31,000 and the standard H2 rings in at $28,000.
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