The 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R / ZZR1400 Makes Under 200hp

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After debuting the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R / 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400, Team Green has been fairly tight-lipped about quoting specific performance figures on the company’s revamped hyperbike. Carefully gleaning the performance specifications from its US and UK websites, it looks like Kawasaki Motors Europe has spilled the beans on the ZX-14R’s horsepower figures. Perhaps letting down those who expected the ZX-14R/ZZR1400 to break the 200+ horsepower barrier, Kawasaki’s site quotes power figures just shy of 200hp.

Having flashbacks of the misquoted MV Agusta F4RR horsepower figures, at this point in the article we feel obligated to point-out the subtle differences between PS and HP, and how the metric horsepower figure is padded a bit more than the more common American one. With that settled and using kilowatt power conversion numbers, Kawasaki EU is quoting peak power on the ZX-14 as 147.2 kW @ 10,000 rpm, which according to math comes out to the 2012 Kawasaki ZR-14R making an even 200 PS, or 197hp. Peak torque reaches 162.5 Nm @ 7,500 rpm, or  119.84 lbs•ft, while peak horsepower with RAM Air is being quoted as 154.5 kW (210PS / 207.19hp).

These figures would seem to jive with the 49cc displacement bump the model received over the 190 horsepower-rated 2011 ZX-14 & ZZR1400, along with the copious number of minor tweaks and improvements Kawasaki made to the ZX-14R. For something extra to chew on, it will be interesting to see if the Kawasaki ZX-14R makes it to the US without receiving the same detuning that took place with the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R, which saw a significant amount of power robbed from the superbike because of noise and emission standards in the United States. Impressed or depressed with the new 14R? Is the new 2012 Kawasaki ZR-14R / ZZR1400 worth all the build-up? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Kawasaki Motors Europe