The inline four-cylinder green monster from Kawasaki has been launched in India with an upgraded engine, chassis and new cosmetics
A year ago, Kawasaki updated the ZX-10R and ZX-10RR but did not launch them in India. After a lengthy lingering, Kawasaki has finally launched the base model (ZX-10R) in the country. The motorcycle has made a comeback in an all-new avatar with different cosmetics, a revised engine and a chassis and will be available in the showrooms in the months to come. As of now, the company has not disclosed the official price-tag of the motorcycle. However, we expect the Ninja ZX-10R to be INR 2 lakh costlier than the outgoing model.
Without further ado, let’s go through the mechanical upgrades and design changes on the brand-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 2021.
Engine- The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is powered by a 999cc, inline four-cylinder engine that is tuned to produce a peak power of 200hp at 13,200rpm and a maximum torque figure of 114Nm at 11,400rpm. To meet the BS6 emission norms, Kawasaki revised the entire catalytic converter system of the motorcycle. Not to forget, there’s a RAM intake in the 10R which allows the motorcycle to churn out 210hp power when activated.
Chassis- Kawasaki has tweaked the chassis of the motorcycle to improve the overall ergonomics of the motorcycle. The motorcycle’s wheelbase has been increased by 10mm, which was done by adding an 8mm longer swingarm. The internals of the fully-adjustable Showa Balance Free Fork and the rear monoshock have been revised to improve the handling. To ensure the riders can lean the motorcycle on the corners easily, Kawasaki has set the foot pegs higher by 5mm and the clip-on handlebars forward by 10mm.
Electronics- The Ninja ZX-10R is packed with electronic features such as traction control, many riding modes, cornering ABS, engine brake control, launch control, quick-shifter and an Ohlins electronic steering damper which are all handled by a six-axis IMU from Bosch. Between the handlebars, Kawasaki has decorated the motorcycle with a new 4.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity.
Design- The Ninja ZX-10R is an aggressively styled motorcycle that has resemblances with the Kawasaki Ninja H2. On the fairing, the company has wisely incorporated a twin LED headlight setup while there’s a hollow space in between them which acts as the central RAM intake tunnel. Last but not least, the Japanese corporation has also attached winglets to the supersport and as per the firm, it helps in enhancing the downforce by 17 per cent.