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Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Motorcycles: Kawasaki Ninja H2R

The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is the top sportbike of 2016...

The Ninja H2R is a track-only machine (no headlights, turn signals, or treaded tires) powered by a supercharged 4-cylinder engine that produces approximately 300 hp. The bike boasts significantly more power than any other production motorcycle on the market. Accompanying the awesome output is a suite of electronics designed to ensure that you can control the H2R. These features include three-mode traction control, launch control, and an electronic steering damper. They’re impressive and reassuring.

  • Wind-tunnel testing of the H2R prompted Kawasaki to add two fairing-mounted winglets, which enhance downforce and high-speed stability.

  • Among the bike’s unusual details is its liquid-metal black paint, which creates a mirrorlike finish.

  • Kawasaki also offers a street version of the bike, the Ninja H2 (starting at $26,000).

Kawasaki, kawasaki.com (starting at $53,000)

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