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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX vs ZZR1400 – on the dyno

Published: 20 March 2018

Last week MCN got our hands on one of the first Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX models in the UK, so we decided to answer the question on everyone’s lips – can a supercharged litre bike out-gun a normally-aspirated big-capacity hyperbike?

With the help of the experts at BSD Performance, we stuck the H2 SX and a ZZR1400 on the same dyno we use for all of MCN’s performance testing and here are the results…

As you can see on the dyno charts, the news isn’t great for the supercharged bike. The ZZR1400 (red line on the chart) made 199.06bhp where the H2 SX (blue line on the chart) made 192.36bhp. But there is more to come from the H2 SX, just look how the curve falls off a cliff at 10,200rpm as the bike is electronically-neutered. A bit of a re-flash would certainly unleash more power…

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When it comes to torque, it is an even bigger difference. The ZZR1400’s extra capacity (1441cc vs 998cc) gives it a thumping mid-range advantage and a peak torque of 119.65ft.lb compared to the H2 SX’s 100.26ft.lb.

How does this power equate to the road ride? Read tomorrow’s issue of MCN to find out as we ride the H2 SX on the UK’s roads to see if supercharging is the future…

 

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