Kawasaki Reveals Supercharged Inline-Four EngineWed, 20 Nov 2013
Kawasaki announced it is developing what it calls the world’s first supercharger developed by a motorcycle manufacturer. The giant Japanese company called on its extensive experience in working with turbine engines, and distilled the technology for motorcycle applications, showing a supercharged Inline-Four engine at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
No details were given on the size of the sample engine, though diagrams included in Kawasaki’s patent applications for motorcycle superchargers include one image that looks vaguely similar to the Ninja ZX-14R. The new engine may likely be used for the 14R’s future replacement, and a supercharger would allow for similar performance at a smaller displacement.
Here’s what Kawasaki has to say about its new engine:
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. also has a long history of developing technologies for turbine engines. The lifeblood of these turbines is their blades, which need to be able to cope with extreme heat and vibration while spinning at high speeds. Know-how from years of designing turbine engine blades was instilled in the first supercharger developed by a motorcycle manufacturer. And of course, designing a motorcycle-use supercharged engine in-house means that maximum efficiency could be pursued.
By Dennis Chung
See also: Kawasaki J Electric Three-Wheeler Concept Revealed in Tokyo, 2014 Kawasaki Estrella Retro-Styled 250 Announced for Japan, EICMA 2013: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000.