• Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023

Undercutting both the Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Aprilia RS660, the new ZX-6R aims to be the best upgrade for existing 250-400cc riders

Going the polar opposite way of its rivals, Kawasaki has announced that it’ll be bringing back the Ninja ZX-6R for 2023, with the production of motorcycle already underway.

This leaves the ZX-6R, one of the few MY23 Supersports on sale in the country, and with barely any supersport rivals, especially after Yamaha strangled the neck of the YZF-R6 last year, the stage is set for Ninja to wipe the floor with it.

2023 Kawasak Ninja ZX-6R Details

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023
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Nothing has changed compared to the 2022 model, though, and the ’23 ZX-6R mainly aims to exploit the dying the supersport segment, especially after Yamaha discontinued the R6

Taking the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach, the Ninja ZX-6R remains unchanged for 2023 and mainly aims to exploit the market by being one of the few Supersports on sale.

The USP of the ZX-6R is it’s enjoyable 636cc, inline-four engine which is expected to produce the same 127 horsepower and 52 pound-feet as its 2022 iteration.

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023
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Making all this power more usable, meanwhile, is an electronics package comprising power modes, traction control, ABS, and a quickshifter

There is a decent amount of tech and hardware on offer as well, as you get a quickshifter, power modes, multi-level traction control, and dual-channel ABS, all as standard. Not only does this make the ZX-6R quite tractable for all conditions, but it also ensures a safety net for new riders upgrading from smaller 250s.

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023
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Even though nothing has changed, the prices have gone up by $200, as the bike now retails at $10,699 and $10,999 for the non-ABS and ABS variants respectively

Holding everything together, meanwhile, is an aluminum perimeter chassis sprung on Showa USD forks and a Uni-Trak mono-shock, one of the most pliant setups in the 600cc space. This is topped by Nissin monoblock calipers and petal discs which ensure utmost braking prowess.

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023
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All these are accessible via a semi-digital instrument cluster

Like everything else, the ZX-6R also carries forward its design, comprising angular two-pod LED headlights, fairing-mounted indicators, and two dark but dazzling color options

  • Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black alongside the ZX-10R
  • Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black.

2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Pricing & Rivals

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023
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However, the ZX-6R still undercuts two of its arch-rivals. For more details, swipe up and check out our full story.

Kawasaki has priced the 2023 Ninja ZX-6R at $10,699 and $10,999 for the non-ABS and ABS variants, respectively, and the motorcycle will arrive at dealerships in late spring.

At this price, the ZX-6R undercuts its arch-rivals, the Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Aprilia RS660, by $500 and $400, respectively, making it one of the most value-for-money fully-faired mid-spec motorcycles you can buy at the moment.

Sure, it’s not as techy-savvy and premium as the Aprilia RS660 but it does counter this by pumping out over 20 extra ponies than the RS.

If you were to upgrade from a 250/400cc, would you go with the ‘23 Ninja ZX-6R? Let us know in the comments
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