Kawasaki is blazing a path with regards to electrified motorbikes so far as main OEMs go. Having already launched a few totally electrical bikes – the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 – the Japanese producer has now revealed its Ninja 7 Hybrid/HEV.
Kawasaki dubs it the “first mass-produced Sturdy Hybrid” bike (not counting scooters), and at its coronary heart is nothing significantly special-sounding – a 451cc parallel twin. Every thing else concerning the Hybrid is atypical, although.
First, there’s a transmission that enables for both automated or guide gear choice, after which there’s the 48-volt battery that lives in the course of the Hybrid’s trellis body for optimum weight distribution. That powers a 12bhp traction motor, bringing the entire output to 69bhp.
That’s not far off what the bigger CP2 engine within the Yamaha MT-07 gives, and certainly, Kawasaki pegs the as a “mid-size bundle” providing 650cc to 700cc equal efficiency, paired with the sort of gasoline financial system you’d usually count on from a 250cc bike. All of the whereas, Kawasaki says the Hybrid delivers “the moment acceleration to rival that of a 1,000cc-class supersport mannequin from a standing begin” when utilizing the e-boost perform. Sounds entertaining.
Precisely what the Ninja Hybrid is prefer to journey will depend on which of the three modes are chosen. Sport-Hybrid, Eco-Hybrid, or EV could be chosen by the rider, with the latter limiting each pace and vary – Kawasaki means that’s used “for sure conditions the place quiet driving is acceptable, akin to in residential areas or in parking garages”.
The Ninja hybrid is half-fared with black, lime inexperienced and silver bodywork, and has an apparently “sporty driving place,” nevertheless it appears moderately relaxed judging by the press pictures. Whereas we’re with regards to the cockpit, there’s a full-colour TFT (which hasn’t been proven simply but) that includes smartphone connectivity through a customized model of Kawasaki’s Rideology app.
Kawasaki Ninja Hybrid value and availability
The Kawasaki Ninja Hybrid will arrive in UK dealerships in April 2024. The worth hasn’t but been revealed, however we’d count on it to be dearer than the common middleweight.