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Posted by Kawasaki News UK on 5hb September 2017

A teaser video released by Kawasaki UK shows the headlight of the upcoming 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS, it’s retro-styled entry into the four-cylinder big bike market. Based on the 2017 Kawasaki Z900, the Z900RS appears to be capitalising on the current tred for retro machines, in this case the legendary Z900 of the 70s.

Also seen are the upside-down forks and radial brakes of the current model Z900, indicating that this might be a styling exercise, but carrying the donor bike’s performance underpinnings. A chrome exhaust pipe is also revealed, harking back to the bikes of the seventies with all chrome exhausts coming out on both sides.

Missing are the digital instruments of the Z900, replaced with a pair of clocks in the old school style, while the Sugomi-style headlight is replaced with a traditional round unit with LEDs. Scheduled for release at the Tokyo Motor Show which will be held on October 25, the Z900RS certainly looks like an interesting variant of the Z900, and goes up against the Honda CB1100 and Yamaha XSR900.

The current model Z900 carries a 948 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four power plant that puts out 124 hp at 9,500 rpm and 98.6 Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and ABS is standard equipment.

In Malaysia the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS comes in two versions, the base model and the SE, which retail at RM49,158 and RM50,959, respectively, including GST. The base model Z900 comes in grey, while the Special Edition is available in blue and includes a single seat cover, meter cover, DC outlet, radiator screen, sliders, engine covers, front-axle sliders and special graphics.