For the year 2019, Kawasaki has upgraded its flagship ZX-10R superbike with a new engine. This upgrade apart from several others have been made across the lineup offers : the ZX-10R, the ZX-10R SE and the limited edition ZX-10RR race homologation machine. As such, the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R along with Ninja ZX-10R SE will now produce an even 200hp while the Ninja ZX-10RR will get an added extra 1hp making total to blazing 201hp.
The biggest change on the 2019 Ninja ZX-10R lineup is the finger – follower valve actuation system in the engine, which replaces the tappet – style valves. This helps in decrementing the valve train mass by as much as 20 per cent. The results help in generating more revs, with an increase in power by 3bhp over the prior model. This coupled with aggressive cams takes the power output to 203PS. This move focuses on the track riding / racing conditions.
Things are taken a step further on the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR which will be limited to a 500 units in total production run. The homologation special gets titanium connecting rods from Pankl, which sheds nearly 400 grams from the inline four engine’s internals resulting the con-rods enables in increment of rev limit by 600 rpm while adding a PS to power output for 204PS over the previous model. The RR also receives track-tuned suspension, forged Marchesini wheels. It will only be available in the Kawasaki Racing Green colour.
The top of the trim Ninja ZX-10R SE retains its semi active KECS suspension from the outgoing model. It also receives Kawasaki’s new anti scratch self-healing paint job which was debuted on the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2. The concept is that the technology will be able to heal and fix minor scratches owing to the restoring properties of the paint. The 2019 Kawasaki also brings a revised up/down quick shifter as standard to all three models now, and the revised engines can be spotted with red-painted cylinder heads.
However, Kawasaki hasn’t updated the ZX-10R’s dash or electronics configuration. While the ZX-10R has no trouble raging over its opponents in the WorldSBK Championship, the assassinator feels a bit dated compared to the other litre bikes in this class. Kawasaki is yet to announce the launch of 2019 motorcycle range.