- Gets a bump in power thanks to a few mechanical upgrades.
- New paint schemes.
- Likely to arrive in India early next year.
The bikes continue to use a 998cc, inline-four cylinder engine. However, the unit now gets a finger-follower valve operation that not only reduces the mass of the valve train by 20 per cent but also increases the rev limit that would in turn benefit the WSBK motorcycle.
The ZX-10RR which is a race-homologation machine also benefits from titanium connecting rods which shave off another 400gms and raise the rev limit by 600rpm. The engine also gets a new cylinder head design with a red painted cam cover to distinguish it from the earlier engine.
These changes have resulted in a power increase of 2.8bhp in the standard bike taking the total to 200bhp. Meanwhile the ZX-10RR produces 1bhp more at 201bhp, without ram-air intakes. Other than these changes, the standard bike now gets a bi-directional quickshifter as standard and the ZX-10RR’s suspension has been tweaked. Kawasaki has also used their ‘Highly Durable Paint’ technology on the Ninja ZX-10R SE which self- repairs minor scratches.
The 2019 ZX-10R gets the KRT colours with red streaks on its underbelly and on both sides of the windscreen. The ZX-10R SE also has a black and green paint scheme similar to the current model however with green highlights on its seat. The 2019 ZX-10RR will only be available in the Kawasaki green colour with black graphics.
While the bikes are scheduled to arrive in global markets this month, we can expect Kawasaki to launch the ZX-10R and ZX-10R RR in India early next year.