Ever since Kawasaki Heavy Industries took a 49% stake in the iconic Italian marque, people have been excited to see what motorcycles would be rolling out from their partnership. Among them is the Bimota Tesi H2, which was first displayed as a concept in last year’s EICMA show as its new Italian ‘hyperbike’. Now, Bimota has pulled the covers off the production model of the Tesi H2 and has officially unveiled it to the public, complete with its power figures. It is expected to officially launch and hit showrooms by October 1.
Aside from the stealthy all-black prototypes that have been spotted while undergoing testing, this is the first time that anyone has ever seen it in its final production form. Some subtle differences can be spotted compared to the concept that was displayed in the EICMA show in Milan, particularly with some parts of the fairing’s design. Despite this, its recognizable geometric central headlight still remains intact, together with its signature hub-center steering system, and huge exhaust can.
The Tesi H2 is of course powered by Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 supercharged 998 cc, inline 4-cylinder engine. Thus, you can expect the same power figures that churn out a maximum of 228 hp or 238 hp if you factor in its ‘Ram Air’ function that Kawasaki uses. However, since the Tesi H2 makes use of a lot of carbon-fiber within its design architecture, it could actually turn out to be quicker than the Ninja H2. In addition, the hub-centered steering could allow the bike to perform even better when handling corners.
Bimota has already started taking pre-orders for the Tesi H2 with its distribution set to begin on October 1. It will have a limited run of only 250 units with each of them featuring a unique tag and frame number. The motorcycles to be released by Bimota is meant to promote its collaboration with Kawasaki in the hopes of reviving the fortunes of the iconic Italian motorcycle brand. Its next anticipated model to come out of the collaboration is the Bimota KB4 which will be a retro-inspired sportbike powered by Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 engine.