Kawasaki has launched the 2023 ZH2 and ZH2 SE in India, the updated avatar of its supercharged streetfighters. The Z H2 and Z H2 SE models feature electronic cruise control and throttle valves, riding modes, assist and slipper clutch, and a digital instrument console with Rideology app connectivity. The only major change for the MY2023 version is the single Metallic matte graphene steel gray shade, and the price increase is approximately ₹30,000 for both models.
The Z H2 and Z H2 SE models are among the few motorcycles that feature the iconic ‘Kawasaki river mark’, along with the full-faired Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R. Both bikes retain their original features, including the 998 cc in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, delivering 197 bhp at 11,000 rpm and 137 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. The bikes are also equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, such as Brembo M4.32 front brake calipers for the Z H2 and Brembo Stylema front brake calipers for the Z H2 SE.
The Z H2 and Z H2 SE are custom-built motorcycles, and according to Kawasaki India, customers must pay the full amount at the time of booking. The 2023 Z H2 is priced at ₹23.02 lakh and the Z H2 SE at ₹27.22 lakh, both ex-showroom. The bikes will compete with the Ducati Streetfighter V4, Aprilia Tuono V4, and BMW S 1000 R. However, the Z H2 range remains the only supercharged option in the naked litre-class category.
Despite the high price tag, the ZH2 and ZH2 SE have settled down rather nicely in the market. The 2023 update seems to focus on aesthetics as the bikes themselves remain the same in all aspects. Previously, the ZH2 and ZH2 SE cost Rs 22.79 lakh and Rs 26.95 lakh, respectively. Now, paying almost Rs 30,000 for a fresh coat of paint may seem a bit steep, but we guess even giants experience inflation.
The 2023 Kawasaki ZH2 and ZH2 SE are now available for booking at Kawasaki’s dealerships throughout India. Customers can expect the bikes to hit the roads in the coming weeks.