Born with the name of Colove, the Chinese company founded by the former pilot Zhang Xue presented itself for the first time at Eicma last year with the name of Kove and with quite interesting models, such as the 450 Rally, the naked Cobra 321R and the 800X Super Adventure.
These are joined by the 400 RR, a beautiful faired sports car powered by a vigorous engine that nostalgics will love a lot. It is a four in line, a type of engine almost extinct in our market among the medium displacements (with the exception of the Honda CB650R) from 399 cc and capable of erogare 68 CV a I 13.500 g/min. And a maximum torque of 36 Nm at 12,000 rpm. With these values, the Kove 400 RR closely resembles the “small” Japanese sports cars of the ’90s, real “miniature copies” of the maxi cars of the time and powered by four-cylinder engines. Honda NC 30, Kawasaki ZXR400, Suzuki GSX-R 400, Yamaha FZR400 to name a few.
Together with the Kove, Kawasaki recently presented the ZX-4R in the Asian market in three versions, with the most powerful RR exceeding 250 km/h. Here you find the video in action on the track…what a sound!
According to the reported data, the Kove 400 RR should reach a top speed of 220 km/h, burning it 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, for a curb weight of only 152 kg. Chassis and set-up are those of a sports bike, with the steering head angled at 65° and a trail of 98.2 mm, while the suspensions have a travel of 120 mm for the upside-down fork and 130 mm for the rear monoshock , connected to a banana swingarm. The braking system then uses a double 300 mm disc at the front with floating double-piston calipers and a single disc at the rear, the rims are 17” alloy and fitted with 120/70 and 160/60 tyres, respectively.
We still don’t know if the Kove 400 RR will arrive here too, engine size and horsepower don’t agree with the limitations imposed by our A2 license and it would be much more expensive than other 400 cc bikes.