Kawasaki has a 600cc supercharged sportbike in the works, as revealed by design drawings filed by Kawasaki's legal department. The drawings outline the new model named the R2.
Since the bike is so much smaller than the H2 the R2 will require a smaller charger and air intake, both of which are depicted in the drawings. You can see the air intake tucked under the belly of the fuel tank, with the tank extending under the seat so as to not lose too much capacity. The drawings also show an under seat exhaust.
The face shown in the drawings has a softer face than the current ZX-6R and, while the front fork looks similar, the rear swingarm looks drastically smaller.
However, there is also the possibility that only the supercharger and intake elements in the drawing are of the new bike, with the rest coming from an older model to help disguise it. That face looks like the 2005 Kawi, and most manufacturers have dismissed the undertail exhaust as it's too hard to get them to pass Euro4 regulations.
Like the H2, the R2 will feature a trellis frame.
We've been anxiously awaiting forced induction in something, anything, other than a literbike since news broke of the H2 and H2R. Suzuki's Recursion concept and its turbocharged 650 twin is hopefully still in the works, but a 600cc supercharged sportbike sounds like the perfect recipe for the track machine of all of our dreams.
This bike launch season was already shaping up to be one of the best in recent years, and this thing (assuming it's real and coming and coming this year) will surely be a highlight of the year. Kawasaki is said to have 16 new models over the next two years, and we can't wait to see what else they have in store. We don't expect this to be released for model year 2017, but this could definitely be released by 2018. Watch out Yamaha, Kawasaki is coming for you.