Is Lifan KP250 a Kwasaki Z Knock-Off?

Chinese bike Lifan KP250 Italian design 3 photos
Chinese bike Lifan KP250 shows serious Kwasaki Z stylingKawasaki Z-series
Italian designer Nico Butti shows a new bike created for the Chinese market dubbed the Lifan KP250.
Nothing bad about new bikes, of course, especially as they come form Italian designers who, we must admit it, just rock! But the Lifan KP250 has a most strange resemblance to Kwasaki's new Z-series bikes. In fact if you look closer to the two bikes, you'd say they are really made by the same designer.

Butti declared that his creation brief requested a bike with European look with a price which the Chinese customers could afford. Indeed, the Lifan KP250 is expected to cost around $ 3,200 (€ 2,485) so if it will make it to Europe at this price, there will surely be a lot if customers willing to buy it.

Leaving the Z-series visual resemblance issue, the Lifan KP250 will be loaded with a 19 BHP engine, and this means a serious trade-off in performance. And we're also not sure whether this air-cooled engine is up to the EU specs in terms of emissions, so there may be some modifications to make... and they will not lower the final price, whatsoever.
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