The supercharged hypersport from Kawasaki seeks to retain its crown of “baddest on the block” for 2019. With insurgent competitors on the horizon, Kawasaki has updated its hypersport range with features designed to bring the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 R up to 2019 technical spec, and add a dash more power to the mix. If you’re the type looking for more exclusivity, there’s even a new special-edition model—the Ninja H2 Carbon.

With 197 hp on tap at its debut in 2015, the roadgoing Ninja H2 was never lacking in the power department. However, 2019 sees this figure increased for more bragging rights in the hypersport space and more separation from its ZX-10R stablemate.

Ninja H2
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2Courtesy of Kawasaki

With a new air filter, spark plugs, and intake chamber, power is claimed to be increased. We’ll be sure to have a true figure once we get to roll this model onto the Cycle World dyno. In addition, Kawasaki is claiming there is no mpg penalty for the increase in power.

To help slow down that extra punch, Kawasaki has added Brembo dual radial-mount, opposed four-piston Stylema calipers gripping semi-floating 330mm discs. There’s also new rubber: both the H2 and H2 Carbon come shod with Bridgestone Battlax RS11 sport tires.

New Ninja H2
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2RCourtesy of Kawasaki

Not content with just more power, Kawasaki also added rider-oriented tech and touch-point details to the Ninja H2 line. One of the most noticeable changes is the all-new TFT dash. The new dash features four display modes, with selectable white or black backgrounds. There’s even an “Economical Riding Indicator” which seems incredibly hilarious in a non-intentional way for a hypersort offering. Smartphone connectivity has been added as well. Utilizing a chip in the instrument panel, riders can use an app on their phone to access, log, and review a number of functions including: fuel and trip info, maintenance schedule, battery condition, GPS route and speed information, mileage, notifications on the dash when someone is calling or texting you, and more. Vehicle settings such as general display and riding modes can also be adjusted.

Ninja H2 TFT Dash
Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 models get a TFT dash.Courtesy of Kawasaki

One smart touch is that even if the bike is turned off and the phone is out of range, the app logs any changes you make and automatically syncs them once you start the motorcycle.

The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon feature new LED turn signals and an LED license plate lamp; all lighting on the road-going H2s are now LED. Both models also receive Kawasaki’s Highly Durable Paint (used on all non-carbon bodywork parts). This paint features a top coat that allows self-repair of small scratches and defects.

For those looking for only the utmost rarity, Kawasaki also took the wraps off of the H2 Carbon. This special-edition model features carbon-fiber bodywork and a special insignia. No production number has been announced for this version.

H2 Carbon
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 CarbonCourtesy of Kawasaki

Hypersport bikes usually have a long reign at the top, but with the rarified air becoming more competitive between OEMs, these touches are sure to improve the baddest Ninja on the block.