All These Years, Kawasaki Lied About the ZX-14R's Power Output

According to the latest developments, Kawasaki has decided to reduce the power of its ZX-14R by 10bhp to ensure that the claimed power output matches the actual power output.

By Divyanshu Boora


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Published on December 17, 2015

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    According to the recent developments, Kawasaki had been lying about the power output of its ZX-14R from some time now. The claimed power output of the Kawasaki ZX-14R was not quite similar to what the bike delivered. For many years, Kawasaki very subtly understated the power output of its ZX-14R at 200bhp, where in the tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the stock Kawasaki ZX-14R delivered over 210bhp of maximum power on a number of occasions.

    This extra, or bonus, power didn't hurt the environment adversely in any way, as the bike met all the emission norms as laid by the respective authorities. However, there was some discrepancy as far as the power numbers were concerned. After this revelation, Kawasaki has decided to detune the ZX-14R to deliver 199.9bhp of maximum power which is more in sync with what is claimed by Kawasaki.

    This might also mean that a standard procedure will be followed across the globe in order to detune the future Kawasaki ZX-14R motorcycles. This will also be done to make sure that the ZX-14R meets the more stringent Euro VI emission norms in the European markets. The new version of the 1,441cc engine of the Kawasaki ZX-14R not only delivers 10bhp less power, but also less carbon monoxide levels. This also means that Kawasaki's claimed figure of 200bhp remains the same, but the free gift, in the form of 10 extra horses, is gone.


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