The 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR has clearly demonstrated its circuit potential through winning results in the Superbike World Championship (SBK). Kawasaki dominated both the 2015 championship and 2016 season with Jonathan Rea's consecutive World Superbike Championships and again winning the 2016 WSB Manufacturers Championship for Kawasaki. Feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and constant development research, the 2017 Ninja ZX-10RR (ABS KRT Winter Test Edition) is the closest available Kawasaki model to a highly advanced factory Kawasaki superbike. Worldwide, only 1,000 units of the Ninja ZX-10RR are being produced for 2017. Designed to win races on the national level in standard trim, the Ninja ZX-10RR excludes any equipment unnecessary to quick lap times. The machine is also suited for street use.
Offering the same blend of high power and manageability, smooth power deliver facilitates getting back on the gas, while updates deliver a stronger low-mid range for quicker acceleration out of corners on the track. Significant feedback from Kawasaki’s factory superbike ensures the engine’s immense power was maintained while meeting Euro 4 regulations.
The centrepiece of the Ninja ZX-10RR’s instrument panel is the highly visibly LED-backlit bar-graph tachometer – a mass-production first when introduced on the 2011 model. Additional functions on the multi-function meter include: gear position indicator,odometer, dual trip meters, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, Power Mode (3 modes), S-KTRC (5 modes + OFF), low fuel indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, water/intake air temperature and a host of indicator lamps.
The Ninja ZX-10RR’s gear ratios were idealised for circuit riding. Short ratios for second through to sixth gears (especially the closer first, second and third gears) offer strong low-mid range acceleration for quicker corner exits. The closer ratios also contribute to more stable downshifting. Easily adjustable back-torque limiting clutch facilitates smooth downshifts. This highly acclaimed feature is one of the main contributors to the rear’s stable composure under hard braking.
Exhaust header pipes, formed from heat-resistant titanium alloy, have almost the same length and diameter as their race-use counterparts. (This feature makes it easier for riders to increase exhaust performance (for track applications) without having to replace the entire exhaust system.) Connector pipe joins headers 3 and 4, contributing to smooth engine response. Header collectors (4-2 sections) are hydroformed, resulting in a simple, lightweight construction.
The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that, using minimal hardware, gives the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing. Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program makes skilful use of the magic formula tyre model as it examines changes in multiple parameters, enabling it to take into account changing road and tyre conditions. The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC, KLCM and KIBS (ABS models only).
At the rear a Brembo 220 mm diameter disc is slowed by a single-piston caliper. The disc’s round shape complements the round shape of the front Brembo discs. Steel-braided line is used for the rear brake as well, contributing to greater feel.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four|
|Bore and Stroke||76.0 x 55.0 mm|
|Length / Width / Height||2,090 mm / 740 mm / 1,145 mm|
|Seat Height||835 mm|
|Curb Mass||205 kg includes full fuel tank|
|Fuel Capacity||17 L|