Kawasaki launched their brand new Ninja ZX-14R , the fastest accelerating motorcycle on the planet, “massively more powerful” is what Kawasaki says, but when it came down to actual numbers, Kawasaki didn’t say, until now. According to the Kawasaki Europe website, the big Ninja puts out 197.4 horsepower and 119.9 foot pounds of torque. With ram air, it’s 207.2 horsepower.
Why the numbers were released is open to speculation, but with all of the coverage of the big Ducati twin putting out 195 horsepower, Kawasaki may have been under pressure to say something, or maybe they just decided it was the right thing to do, or maybe for those who obsess over numbers it was really important, or maybe their lawyers were having coffee away from the office.
What’s interesting is that 1441 cc of inline 4 cylinder engine beats the 1199 cc twin by 2 horsepower, until the ram air kicks in. It leads the Ducati in the torque department by 22 foot pounds which helps produce that “unrivaled acceleration” as their website puts it.
Of course, these two machines are very different and the big Kawasaki will probably be more pleasant to ride in everyday use while the Ducati will be the track weapon of choice. In the real world beyond charts and numbers, about one percent of those buying either machine will be able to make use of more than a fraction of that power and their customers come from different markets, but still, the comparison is interesting.
Link: Kawasaki Europe