With its name and powerful character the Kawasaki H2 pays homage to the foundation laid down by the 1972 Mach IV H2. By tapping into its various aerospace and gas turbine engineering departments, Kawasaki developed the supercharged four-cylinder engine that is seen residing in the current H2 crop—taking the phrase “ground-bound rocket” to a whole other level (check out the 2015 H2′s Cycle World-measured 189.8 hp or the 2018 H2 SX SE Cycle World-measured 166.1 hp). This insane amount of power is paired with its aerodynamic bodywork, steel trellis frame, Kayaba fork/Öhlins shock, electronics package, and Brembo Stylema brakes to distinguish it as quite the street-legal track demon.
Craving carbon fiber? The limited-edition H2 Carbon is differentiated from the base H2 with its carbon fiber front upper cowl and special insignia.
While the supercharger arguably sets the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2 Carbon in its own category, it could be compared with superbikes like the Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M duo, Ducati Panigale V4/S, BMW S 1000 RR, or Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
No major changes were made to the 2020 model year. The Ninja H2 comes in Mirror Coated Spark Black for an MSRP of $29,000, and the Ninja H2 Carbon is in Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black/Candy Flat Blazed Green at $32,500.