2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Receives CARB Approval


ZX-4R certified by CARB

The California Air Sources Board has issued an govt order for Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R, clearing the best way for the long-rumored sportbike to be offered within the state.

The manager order was issued on Dec. 21, 2022, certifying a Kawasaki mannequin going by the code “ZX400SP”.  As we had been the primary to report final August, Kawasaki had submitted Automobile Identification Quantity information for a ZX400SP and a ZX400PP with the U.S. Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration, figuring out it as being powered by a 399cc four-cylinder engine.

ZX-4R certified by CARB

Kawasaki makes use of the ZX designation for all its Ninja ZX sportbikes, such because the ZX-6R (ZX636), ZX-10R (ZX1002) and ZX-14R (ZX1400), so it’s simple to conclude “ZX400” would characterize a Ninja ZX-4R. The ZX-4R is predicted to be primarily based on the Ninja ZX-25R (pictured at prime) provided in Asian markets, and it goes by the code ZX250.

The ZX400 can be distinct from the present Ninja 400 and Z400 fashions as they’ve completely different mannequin codes (EX400 and ER400, respectively), and had been already individually licensed by CARB.

Curiously, the CARB govt orders present the ZX-4R truly releases decrease emissions than the twin-cylinder fashions, regardless of providing what is predicted to be superior efficiency. The Z400 and Ninja 400 are licensed to supply 0.3 g/km of hydrocarbons and 4 g/km of carbon monoxide, whereas the ZX-4R is licensed at 0.1 g/km of hydrocarbons and 0.4 g/km of carbon monoxide.

In Indonesia, Kawasaki provides each a ZX-25R and a ZX-25RR. The double-R provides larger high quality Showa suspension and a particular KRT graphic scheme.

Whereas the CARB order lists the ZX400SP, there’s no point out of the ZX400PP model. It’s vital to notice the “SP” doesn’t essentially denote the next finish mannequin. In Kawasaki’s nomenclature, the “P” on the finish stands for the 2023 mannequin yr and the letter earlier than that merely marks a distinct mannequin variant.

In Indonesia, the ZX-25R is joined by a ZX-25RR that provides extra premium Showa suspension and a Kawasaki Racing Workforce livery, however we don’t consider a ZX-4RR might be provided within the U.S. It’s extra possible Kawasaki will solely provide the ZX-4R with or with out ABS, simply because it does for it’s different ZX fashions.

Discovering the fitting worth for the ZX-4R might be important. In Japan, the ZX-25R is priced at 847,000 yen (US$6,600), with particular version colours pushing it to 935,000 yen (US$7,300). The Ninja 650, by comparability, is priced at 913,000 yen (US$7,100). A ZX-4R ought to be even pricier.

The timing of the CARB govt order makes the ZX-4R a candidate to be one of many two fashions Kawasaki is teasing for a reveal on Feb. 1, possible alongside an up to date Ninja H2 SX SE which has additionally been licensed by CARB however has but to be introduced for 2023.

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