Kawasaki ZX-25R a 250-cc in-line four in the making?

Between 1989 and 1997, Kawasaki produced a model, the ZX250R, a four-cylinder motorcycle that produced about 45 PS and 24.5 Nm and was capable of revving up to an unbelievable 19,000 rpm.


Illustration by: Sanjay Reddy

Recently, Gridoto.com shared a few images from a Japanese magazine with the rumoured bike, calling it the ZX-25R. Like its predecessor, this motorcycle, too, is believed to come equipped with a four-cylinder engine that will produce 50 PS of peak power. We have no confirmation about these figures but if they are legit, it will make this motorcycle the most powerful one in its segment. If Kawasaki are recreating a modern version of this beast, then we’ll be happy to trade off our vital organs just to get a ride on one.

Kawasaki ZX-25R A 250-cc in-line four in the making?

Kawasaki ZX-25R A 250-cc in-line four in the making?

Kawasaki are currently selling the Ninja 250 in some international markets while, in India, we get the Ninja 300 powered by a four-stroke, parallel-twin that makes 39 PS at 11,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 27 Nm at 10,000 rpm. According to the image that has surfaced, we see this bike will be designed along to the lines of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R and gets an interesting exhaust mounted under the seat. The motorcycle will compete with the likes of Honda CBR250RR, the Yamaha YZF-R3 and the Illustration by: Sanjay Reddy Suzuki GSX250R.

We hope that this motorcycle will come to our shores in due course of time. Meanwhile, we are looking forward to the launch of the new quarter-litre offering from Suzuki, called the Gixxer 250.

According to reports, Kawasaki are testing a 250-cc four-cylinder prototype at their Indonesian facility.

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