Are Kawasaki Planning On Supercharging A Z900RS?

Surely They Won’t Supercharge The Retro Themed Z900RS?

Updated August 13, 2018

Multiple Japanese sources have hinted that Kawasaki will be introducing the Z900RS…with a supercharged 900cc engine. As they’re currently leading the supercharging game, and have yet to make any significant steps into the retro-modern territory, a forced induction and vintage styled machine may be a sensible idea. Maybe…

Kawasaki Z900RS

As fans of the older Kawasaki “Z” series machines, we’re pretty excited – but at the moment, all of this is pure conjecture and fodder for the rumor mill. However, Kawasaki have dropped a few clues and a few sources have made some interesting comments, but then again it might all be nonsense.

We did see a few interesting concept images late last year, coming in the form of Kawasaki’s SC-02 Soul Charger and their SC-01 Spirit Charger concepts, so the firm is definitely looking at expanding their supercharged line up. And the SC-02 Soul Charger definitely leaned towards the “retro” end of the styling spectrum…and a lot of people are guessing that the SC-02 will be relabeled as the H1 if it were to go into production.

Next on the rumor check list: Kawasaki also trademarked the Z900RS name recently, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that some kind of Z900 based machine is on the cards. Yamaha’s “Sports Heritage” range of retro-modern machines really took off, and we’ve seen that Honda have plans to release classically styled machines in the near future, so it makes sense that Kawasaki would also jump on the bandwagon.

Anyway, if the rumors are to be believed, the Z900RS will be a supercharged version of the 900cc inline four engine, with retro styled bodywork – possibly based around the SC-01 Spirit Charger concept. So, what about the other concept? – I appreciate all of this SC and Something Charger is getting confusing and monotonous, but stay with us here – Well, thanks to some detective work, we reckon that it’s going to be the new H1, sporting a three cylinder, 675cc engine complete with a supercharger too. Or it could be nothing. We do know that Kawasaki are planning on releasing at least 11 new models over the next two years, and maybe one of them will be the supercharged Z900RS.

Either way, it does seem like Kawasaki are definitely pushing their Balanced Supercharger Engine technology into every available model. It’s a shame for all of those riders who invested their cash into the “limited edition” and highly collectible H2s and H2Rs…which we now know were not from a limited production line, and now that more supercharged bikes are making their way onto the market, they’re not highly collectible, either.


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