Kawasaki ZX-4RR: A Revival Worth Revving About


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Our friends at Bike World TV recently got up close and personal with Kawasaki’s newest offering, the ZX-4RR.

Chad couldn't contain his enthusiasm when he got his hands on what MCN cleverly dubbed the “Cleaner Screamer,” but... will it leave you yearning for the open road and the thrill of high RPMs? It's time to unravel the specs and the experience of this 400cc marvel that is set to redefine the standards for the Supersport bike category.

The Echo of an Icon: ZXR400

The anticipation surrounding the ZX-4RR is hardly surprising, considering its roots trace back to the iconic ZXR400. Launched as a reaction to stringent Japanese licensing laws and insurance requirements, the ZXR400 and its siblings carved out a niche for smaller-capacity sports bikes that were anything but diminutive in performance. In the UK, these imported gems were treasured and the ZXR400 was often seen on the racetracks, contributing to its enduring appeal.

With an economy strained by the current cost of living crisis, Kawasaki’s timing for the ZX-4RR is astute. The bike offers an enticing combination of performance and affordability, which could resonate strongly in the UK market where motorcycling has not been immune to economic pressures.

As covered in our previous article, the UK will only get the Kawasaki ZX-4RR variant (not the Ninja ZX-4R SE):

  • Kawasaki Racing Team-inspired colours and “RR” graphics, the rear suspension features
  • Showa’s BFRC-lite, the same type used on the Ninja ZX-10R supersport model.
  • More sporty riding appearance
  • Also features Dual direction Kawasaki Quick Shifter

The Kawasaki ZX-4RR being ridden around a tight corner

A Nostalgic Journey With A Modern Twist

For a veteran rider like Chad who remembers the legendary ZXR400, there was a lot of anticipation in setting up to test the new ZX-4RR on Circuit Calafat in sunny Spain. From hitting a staggering 200 km/h to savouring the thrill of a 16,000 RPM redline, Chad set about showcasing the bike's enviable engineering. The best part? He was grinning ear to ear through every twist and turn!

A green Kawasaki ZX4RR being ridden on a straight track

How Does It Stack Up?

Designed to meet Euro5 emission standards, the bike doesn't skimp on power. It boasts 78.9 bhp at 14,500 RPM, making it a class-leader in power without burning a hole in your pocket (£8699, for those planning their next purchase). Compared to its predecessor and its contemporaries, the ZX-4RR excels in brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) and ergonomics. Besides its thrilling performance, this bike is jam-packed with modern tech, from ABS to traction control.

The ZX-4RR on track approaching a sharp bend

The Verdict

We see the Kawasaki ZX-4RR as more than just a tribute to its legendary predecessor. When we heard about the return of the 4-Pot Screamer, we were excited because it was bound to reinvigorate the otherwise uninspiring 2-pot (and two bob) category. Watch Chad in action as he puts this beast to the test on Bike World TV.

It's a ride you don't want to miss!