Late last year, Kawasaki uploaded a video to its official YouTube channel showing a timeline of the iconic GPZ900R, fueling rumours that a GPZ nameplate revival could be on the horizon.

It may be wishful thinking at this stage, however, BeMoto contributor Kardesign has provided a glimpse at what an all-new GPZ might look like.

 Kawasaki GPZ
A recent video from Kawasaki sparked rumours of a new GPZ (source: BeMoto, Kardesign).

The renderings imagine a GPZ1000R, drawing power from Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 engine, however, a more likely candidate for a new GPZ would be the brand’s 948cc naturally-aspirated engine as found in the Z900 naked bike range.

This platform led to the release of the heritage-inspired Z900RS, which harks back to the legendary 1972 Z1, with styling elements like a round headlight, spoke-style cast wheels, and a teardrop tank.

It stands to reason that Kawasaki could pull the same trick and fit the afformentioned platform with 80’s style GPZ design cues, with a square headlight and sharp, angular body elements.

Kawasaki GPZ900R
The original 1984 Kawasaki GPZ900R (source: Bemoto, Kardesign).

Performance would be strong, too, with outputs of 83kW/98Nm, and modern features like traction control, rider modes and a lightweight trellis frame.

A new GPZ would be a natural rival to Suzuki’s updated Katana, which borrows design cues from the original 1981 GSX1100S Katana with a unique screen, fuel tank, decals, and rectangular headlight.

Though it sports a retro design, the Suzuki Katana is based on the modern GSX-S1000 platform, with power coming from a 110kW/108Nm 999cc four-pot.

See Kawasaki’s rumour-sparking Ninja GPZ900R video here.

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