e-boost: Increased Performance & Litrebike- Level Acceleration
In addition to increasing overall output to that of a 650cc-class machine, with e-boost activated the Z7 Hybrid can initially out-accelerate a Ninja ZX-10R from a standing start under certain conditions.
6-Speed Automated Manual Transmission
Kawasaki’s unique, electronically controlled 6-speed transmission uses proprietary logic to smoothly shift gears and operate the clutch. With actuation of the gears and the hydraulic clutch carried out by the bike, the rider can focus on throttle control.
Unique Strong Hybrid Power Unit: 451 cm3 Parallel-Twin ICE + Traction Motor*
With a compact traction motor mounted behind the cylinder bank of a 451 cm3 Parallel Twin internal combustion engine, the strong hybrid power unit is the first of its kind in a motorcycle. Working together, the ICE and traction motor complement each other to produce a rider-friendly character with strong low-mid torque.
*Strong hybrid systems combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor for powerful riding, and because of their large battery capacity they are able to run on electricity alone. The Z7 Hybrid’s EV Mode may be helpful for certain situations where quiet riding is appropriate, such as in residential areas or in parking garages. Speed and range are limited.
WALK Mode (with Reverse)
This convenient mode assists with manoeuvring in a parking lot. When engaged, opening the throttle moves the bike forward at walking speed. Closing the throttle past the “zero” point moves the bike in reverse.
From head to tail, all-LED lighting contributes to a modern appearance and sleek, futuristic styling.
From the relaxed, sporty riding position that caters to a wide range of riders, to the attentive layout of the switchgear, all aspects of the Z7 Hybrid’s rider interface were designed to be intuitive and confidence inspiring.
Aggressive & Clean Styling
Blending the sharp, aggressive looks of a Z Supernaked with the clean, high-class image of a hybrid machine, the Z7 Hybrid’s strong, muscular design highlights its street riding potential while leaving a powerful impression. Though it is a completely new type of motorcycle, the styling shares sugomi elements with other models in the Z series, that make it clear this is part of the Z family. The functional beauty of the under cowl’s cooling ducts is complemented by HEV elements like the translucent right side cover and the “Hybrid” logo on the motor covers.
Full Automatic or Manual Button-Shift
Depending on the drive mode, riders can experience full automatic (EV Mode), manual button-shift (SPORT-HYBRID), or rider’s preference (ECO-HYBRID).
Hybrid: City Riding
In town, the Z7 Hybrid’s versatility facilitates navigating the urban jungle. Riders can easily change drive modes to suit their riding situation. In ECOHYBRID Mode, frugal fuel economy helps minimise running costs. Other features like idling stop and ALPF (Automatic Launch Position Finder) are convenient when riding in city traffic, while WALK Mode aids parking lot manoeuvrability. In EV Mode, quiet, zero-emission riding offers the possibility to enter ICE-restricted areas and to accommodate certain situations where quiet riding is appropriate.
Zero Emissions, Quiet Running
In EV mode, the Z7 Hybrid creates no emissions when being operated. This low-speed short-distance mode may also be helpful for certain situations where quiet riding is appropriate, such as in residential areas or in parking garages.
TFT Full-Colour Instrumentation with Smartphone Connectivity
4.3” all-digital TFT colour instrumentation gives the cockpit a high-tech, high-grade appearance, while being able to connect to the bike wirelessly offers an enhanced motorcycling experience.
Carefully Considered Chassis Design: Sporty Kawasaki Handling
Orthodox sport motorcycle chassis design thinking was used to carefully arrange all the components of the hybrid power unit (ICE, traction motor, battery pack, ISG) in a lightweight trellis frame to achieve the light, nimble handling that Kawasaki sport motorcycles are known for.
250cc-Class Fuel Economy
Thanks to the contribution of its traction motor, the Z7 Hybrid’s fuel economy is superior to even that of Kawasaki’s own Z250.
Hybrid: Sport Riding
Like all Kawasaki motorcycles, the Z7 Hybrid was designed to be fun to ride and fun to control. In addition to the responsive, rider-friendly hybrid power unit and light, agile chassis, riders can look forward to new experiences like powerful acceleration with e-boost, and button-shifting backed by Kawasaki’s proprietary logic and unique electronically controlled transmission.
Futuristic Colour Selection
Silver and Lime Green with a semi-matte finish, the Z7 Hybrid’s colour & graphics contribute a fresh, futuristic image for Kawasaki’s HEV models.
Hybrid: Futuristic Design
As a next-generation Supernaked model, the Z7 Hybrid combines aggressive Z styling with a clean, high-class image befitting the world’s first* strong hybrid motorcycles. Riders will delight in the care given to the rider interface, from the relaxed, sporty riding position to the full-colour TFT instrumentation with smartphone connectivity, and intuitive switchgear layout.
*Mass production models (excluding scooters) from a major power sports manufacturer as of October 6, 2023, per Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. research.
Freedom to Ride: No Regular Battery Charging Necessary
Because the battery does not need to be charged regularly it is charged while riding—this allows the rider to focus on the ride ahead.
Idling Stop Function
In ECO-HYBRID mode when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the engine turns off to conserve fuel.
ALPF (Automatic Launch Position Finder)
When the vehicle stops during MT operation, the transmission is automatically returned to 1st gear to facilitate moving off again. The system may also be turned off.
3 Drive Modes: 3 Riding Experiences
Having three drive modes to choose from (SPORT-HYBRID, ECO-HYBRID, and low-speed short-distance EV) offers the versatility to adapt to wide range of riding situations. Each mode’s riding character is distinct, giving riders a number of stimulating elements to explore.