Kawasaki Ninja Gets More Power

Bike India - - IGNITION -

KAWASAKI HAVE UN­VEILED MORE POW­ER­FUL VER­SIONS OF THEIR pop­u­lar litre-class bikes, the ZX-10R and ZX-10RR. Both the bikes have re­ceived some se­ri­ous power up­date in the form of a new cylin­der-head de­sign that fea­tures fin­ger-fol­lower valve ac­tu­a­tion, which, ac­cord­ing to Kawasaki, has helped the com­pany to re­duce the over­all valve-train mass by a con­sid­er­able 20 per cent while al­low­ing the en­gine to rev higher for longer. Valve ac­tu­a­tion re­places the tra­di­tional tap­pet-type valves, giv­ing the en­gine the abil­ity to hold higher revs for a longer time with­out com­pro­mis­ing re­li­a­bil­ity. This has also in­creased the power out­put by three PS; the stan­dard ZX-10R now pro­duces 203 PS with­out ram-air as­sis­tance. The bike also gets a bi-di­rec­tional quick-shifter for faster gear changes. De­sign-wise, much of the bike re­mains un­changed, re­tain­ing its ag­gres­sive styling.

Along with the stan­dard ZX-10R, Kawasaki also un­veiled the ZX-10RR, which is a lim­ited-edi­tion bike that gains one PS more than the stan­dard bike. It fea­tures Pankl ti­ta­nium con­nect­ing rods, which has re­sulted in a weight-sav­ing of 400 grams. This al­lows the RR to rev 600 rpm more than the stan­dard bike. The RR will be lim­ited to 500 units, as it is a ho­molo­ga­tion model for WSBK.

Lastly, Kawasaki also showed the ZX-10R SE, which is the top-end ver­sion. This vari­ant gets Kawasaki’s Ad­vanced Elec­tronic Sus­pen­sion (KECS), forged March­esini wheels, and self-heal­ing paint in cer­tain ar­eas of the bike prone to con­stant wear and tear.

Kawasaki haven’t re­vealed nei­ther the prices nor the avail­abil­ity, but we ex­pect them to make an an­nounce­ment at the forth­com­ing In­ter­mot Show in Ger­many or at EICMA in Novem­ber.

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