2016 ZX-10R re­vealed

NEXT-GEN NINJA: • 207bhp • Tighter chas­sis Loads more tech • Of­fi­cial pic­tures

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Power is a claimed 207bhp with ram-air. The ex­tra few BHP are largely down to new cam pro­files and a re­designed com­bus­tion cham­ber. The mo­tor also gets large-di­am­e­ter valves, head ports and there’s a big­ger vol­ume air­box.

But it’s how the power is de­liv­ered that makes this mo­tor­cy­cle such an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion. Elec­tronic throt­tle valves could al­low the ECU to con­trol how much fuel and air is de­liv­ered to the en­gine. That works along­side the new S-KTRC trac­tion con­trol sys­tem which – like mod­ern WSB ma­chines – can en­able the mo­tor to ef­fec­tively be a twin, three cylin­der or full-on four as needed. This gives the most amount of use­able torque and power at pre-de­ter­mined throt­tle and rev set­tings by chang­ing en­gine char­ac­ter­is­tics for each pos­si­ble sce­nario.

There are also sec­ondary in­jec­tors for more poke at the very top end of the rev range and there’s a lighter crankshaft that re­duces in­er­tia and makes the bike eas­ier to get into corners. There are gas-charged, bal­ance-free Showa forks and rear shock which make the new bike even more nim­ble than the one it is re­plac­ing. It also has an elec­tronic Oh­lins steer­ing damper.

The frame has been tweaked and the wheels are lighter, too. Brembo M50 brakes are set to 330mm discs and the bike gets both ABS and a new in­tel­li­gent anti-lock sys­tem.

In terms of the brains, the new ZX-10R gets a quick-shifter and uses a Bosch IMU (in­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit) with six axis of data. That works with both the five-level Trac­tion Con­trol and the throt­tle valves to sort out power de­liv­ery in the corners and there are three rid­ing modes, the en­gine brak­ing can be di­alled in to suit (a sim­i­lar sys­tem to that used on the Aprilia RSV4), the bike has launch con­trol too. As MCM went to press we didn’t have any in­di­ca­tion on price, but fig­ure on the base ver­sion cost­ing some­thing around the £16,000 mark as a rough work­ing guess.

The new bike has more power, more tech and a sharper chas­sis for 2016.

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