Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R updated for 2016

According to Kawasaki, the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R is the closest it's possible to get to a road-going World Superbike Championship contender. While the looks aren't dramatically changed, the upgrades are extensive.

They start with the 998 cc four-cylinder engine. Its peak output of 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) – or 207 bhp (154 kW / 210 PS) with ram air – is the same as before, but low- and mid-range acceleration are said to be improved.

That's thanks to numerous alterations which include a re-engineered cylinder head, a lower-inertia crankshaft, a modified titanium exhaust, closer gear ratios and the adoption of more lightweight components.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2016) Front Side

Another significant advance concerns the electronics, as the Ninja ZX-10R is the first Kawasaki to be equipped with a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit. This measures five axis of movement and, together with input from the engine's ECU, governs various systems such as the five-mode traction control and a new cornering management function.

A revised suspension set-up now boasts an innovative Showa 'Balance Free' front fork that features an external damping force chamber. It's combined with a smaller and lighter Showa BFRC Lite shock unit at the rear. Furthermore, an Öhlins electronic steering damper is part of the specification.

To enhance braking performance, the front end gains Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers, a radial-pump master cylinder and larger semi-floating discs.

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is due to arrive at dealers in January. A UK price has yet to be confirmed.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2016) SideKawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (2016) Top

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