Finger-follower valve train, titanium rods, lightweight wheels, self-healing paintjob

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

For 2019, the ZX-10R series is receiving major updates to slay the competition. New developments in the engine architecture will take the power figures to 200 hp+ to all three models. The SE will get self-healing paint while the RR will be a limited edition affair with even more fineness inside that 998cc mill.

Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794746
Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794745

The engine is the same four stroke, liquid cooled, inline four, 998cc engine but with inputs from the WSBK experiences, Kawasaki has updated this already potent ZX-10R mill with new engine enhancements and stronger, reinforced engine cases to uplift the performance package across the range.

The 2019 mill will get a finger-follower valve train that is lighter than the ones used previously, allowing an aggressive cam profile to allow the motor to spin-up faster and sustain high rpm more reliably for long stress durations. This has allowed the motor to gain 3 hp, taking power up from 197 hp to 200 hp now. Of course, using a ram air-intake will take it over 207 hp.

Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794740
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794738
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794741
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

The ZX-10RR will get further enhancements with the use of titanium connecting rods from Pankl dropping the mass by another pound and decrease the crankshaft moment of inertia by 5%. This will take the redline to a further 600 rpm with max power at 201 hp, 1 hp more than the ZX-10R. With this, the machine will receive track-tuned suspension settings, lighter forged Marchesini wheels and a solo saddle. It will be a limited-edition affair of just 500 units to be sold world over. An aluminum plate with the production number will explain this exclusivity.

The 2019 ZX-10R ‘SE’ edition that is based on the ZX-10R gets “self-repairing” paintjob that can vanish minor scratches and bumps off the surface with the help of just a little heat. We saw its debut with the 2019 Ninja H2 Carbon that was released sometime back. But that paint only “allows certain types of scratches to repair themselves” and not ones made by a coin or key, or zip fasteners says Kawasaki.

Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes
- image 794743

Additionally, the Showa electronic suspension gets fine-tuned to account for the engine upgrades. The SE model will also don the lightweight forged Marchesini wheels like the ones seen on the ZX-10RR. The SE will come in Metallic Carbon Grey / Neutron Silver / Lime Green paint schemes.

All the three models will now receive a revised KQS bi-directional quickshifter as standard. And to mark the upgrade, all bikes get a new red-painted ’Testarossa’ cam cover too. The ZX-10R will come in a new Lime Green / Ebony / Metallic Graphite Grey paintjob while the special ZX-10RR will be only available in Lime Green.

Pricing and availability will be out soon.

What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: