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Back in 2015 Kawasaki re­leased their ab­so­lutely mon­strous H2; a su­per­charged road go­ing beast that looked as in­sane as it rode. Thank­fully, the Ja­panese gi­ants in the green cor­ner have had an­other dose of in­san­ity and up­rated it for the first time since its in­cep­tion.

Although Kawasaki won’t give us all the saucy de­tails yet, they have told us that the power has been hiked mas­sively from 197bhp to 228bhp, thanks mainly to a brand new ECU with a snazzy new map – show­ing just how much po­ten­tial that pow­er­plant has. It’s not just big­ger power fig­ures that the H2 has been gifted though, as Kawasaki have also ac­tu­ally made the ma­chine more rider-friendly, tak­ing spark plugs, the ECU, air fil­ter and the in­take cham­ber from the sports tour­ing H2 SX – although we’ve been as­sured it’s def­i­nitely not as docile as it’s tour­ing sib­ling.

As well as giv­ing it more go, Kawasaki have given a nod to han­dling as well, equip­ping the H2 with the very same class-lead­ing Brembo Stylema brake calipers you’d find on the Pani­gale V4. It’ll also come on new Bridge­stone RS11 tyres to help you look af­ter those 228 horses.

For 2019, the H2 will also come with a TFT dash for the first time which will fea­ture a whole host of info, while be­ing fin­ished in a ‘self-heal­ing paint’ which uses a poly­mer to smooth out im­per­fec­tions in hot sun­light. How mad is that?

There hasn’t been a re­lease date or price set yet, but ex­pect to pay north of £25,000 when they ar­rive in deal­er­ships. We just can’t wait to get our hands on one…

Tasty.

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