According to sources, Kawasaki is rumoured to be working on a 400cc inline-4 machine. Here is everything you need to know!
Not so long ago Kawasaki brought back the old school 250cc inline-4 into the mix with the ZX-25R. Now rumours on the development of a 400 cc inline-4 Kawasaki machine are beginning to surface from Japanese and western media. Well, it was the same case with the ZX-25R at the beginning, so we are not going to take these rumours lightly.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Rumours
According to sources, the “incoming” Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R is rumoured to be based on the ZX-25R. The ZX-4’s inline-4 mill is said to be sourced from the ZX-25R with an enlarged bore, new pistons and crank.
Besides the engine, suspension and braking components are also expected to be carried forward from the ZX-25R as well. Similar to its younger brother, the ZX-25R, the ZX-4R is rumoured to roll in with features such as KTRC – Kawasaki Traction Control, Assist and Slipper Clutch System, Power Modes, 2-Channel ABS and Quick Shifter.
So, is it even possible?
If you are into retro motorcycles you might know Kawasaki’s 400cc inline-4 machine, the ZXR400 which was launched alongside the ZXR250 in 1989. Sadly, Kawasaki ended the production of these two models in 2003.
Kawasaki revived the 250cc inline-4 model with the introduction of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R last year, so there is a possibility that the 400cc inline-4 model too could make a comeback. As for the name, following Kawasaki’s modern ZX -“R” range, the incoming machine could in fact be named “ZX-4R”. Well, we can only speculate for now. Let’s wait and see what Kawasaki actually has in store for us!