The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 was already one of the most capable models in its class, but the Performance version raised the bar even higher.

Among the unique features offered by the special Performance model you’ll find a colour coded pillion seat cover, tank pad, bubble smoke screen and a lightweight LeoVince exhaust silencer.

At the heart of this bike lies a 636 cm3, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line four engine that feels similarly comfortable both on the race track and in the city thanks to its increased low and mid-range torque. The engine is rated at 131 PS at 13,500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm.

Like any respectable sport bike, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance was especially designed to offer an aggressive riding position that is perfectly suited for high speeds.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance.

  • 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
  • Transmission:
    6-speed, return, cassette
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    131 @ 13500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    52 @ 11500
  • Energy:
    Fuel injection:ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
  • Displacement:
    636 cc
  • Price:
    € 9649


2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance Exterior
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The Performance Edition takes the stunning Ninja ZX-6R 636 to the next level and adds even more features such as a colour coded pillion seat cover, tank pad, bubble smoke screen, and a lightweight LeoVince exhaust silencer to create a machine that looks like it would be at home in any race paddock.

636 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line Four

The Advantage offered by the new Ninja ZX-6R’s 37cm3 displacement increase is significant for real world riding exhilaration. Enhanced performance across the rpm range is welcome when sport riding, both in the hills and on the racetrack. But increased low and mid-range torque also offers increased usability in everyday street-riding situations, like riding in stop-and-go traffic, or accelerating to pass another vehicle on the highway.

Ninja Styling

Design appears to flow from front to rear. Front cowl sharp nose, fairings minimalist design with large openings that provide increased airflow and new headlamps and LED tail-light contribute to to the New Ninja ZX-6R aggressive image.

Naturally aggressive ergonomics

Riding position ideal for sport riding offers intuitive fit that puts riders instantly at ease. Tank, seat and rear frame offer good contact with the bike for enhanced rider feedback.
Seat is short front-to-back, allowing the rider to rest his tailbone on the rear seat step, further contributing to the excellent feedback the rider gets from the chassis.

Pressed-aluminium perimeter frame

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance Exterior
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Race-developed perimeter frame is the key to the Ninja ZX-6R’s superb balance of flickable handling, mid-corner stability and an ability to change lines on command, coupled with excellent chassis feedback.

Lighter handling

Frame, rear frame and swingarm provide a hightly balanced chassis package. Revised caster angle and fork tube height, and a new steering stem oil seal all contribute to lighter handling.

Short-style silencer

Larger volume silencer helps reduce noise levels. Its triangular cross-section enables the requisite volume while ensuring a high lean angle and a compact image.
Exhaust pre-chamber helps minimise silencer volume, contributing to mass centralization.

3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)

The KTRC system on the new Ninja ZX-6R combines the best elements of Kawasaki’s two traction control systems, S-KTRC and KTRC. Three modes cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

New FCC Assist & Slipper clutch was developed based on racetracks feedback. The new clutch uses two types of cams, an assist cam and a slipper cam.

Power Mode selection

A choice of Full Power or Low Power modes allows riders to set power delivery to suit preference and conditions. While output al lower rpm is the same, Low power mode limits output to approximately 80 %of Full Power and uses a milder throttle response. Combining KTRC and Power mode options, riders have eight combinations from which to choose. Like KTRC, Power Mode can also be controlled from the left grip.


Instrument panel gives at-a-glance information to the rider. An analogue-style tachometer is complementred by a multi-function LCD screen. New functions include KTRC, Power Mode and the Economical Riding Indicator. Large numerical gear position indicator gives instant information to the rider - especially useful should a mis-shift occur.

SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston)

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance Exterior
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Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, this next-generation fork offers both racetrack performance and everyday usability. Preload and damping (rebound & compression) are separated, facilitating setup. All the adjusters are located at the top of the fork tubes: preload on the left; compression and rebound dumping on the right.

Suspension settings tuned for winding roads

Spring rates and damping settings chosen to maximise performance on winding roads enable riders to enjoy the Ninja ZX-6R’s sporty performance in a wide range of situations. Greater control as the fork begins to compress and very calm attitude change as the vehicle weight shifts forward when reducing speed, offer greater chassis stability on corner entry.

Monobloc calipers and larger discs

Highly rigid, radial-mount monobloc calipers deliver a firmer feel at the lever for enhanced control. Larger 310 mm petal disc brakes and a radial-pump front brake master cylinder complete the front brake package, ensuring powerful braking with excellent feel. 220 mm petal disc brake and lighter caliper slow the rear.


2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance Exterior
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Fuel system Fuel injection:ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 636 cm³
Bore x stroke 67.0 x 45.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.9:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Primary reduction ratio 1.900 (76/40)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.846 (37/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd 2.200 (33/15)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.850 (37/20)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.600 (32/20)
Gear ratios: 5th 1.421 (27/19)
Gear ratios: 6th 1.300 (26/20)
Final reduction ratio 2.688 (43/16)
Transmission 6-speed, return, cassette
Final Drive Sealed chain
Frame type Perimeter, pressed-aluminium
Rake/Trail 23.5° / 101 mm
Wheel travel, front 120 mm
Wheel travel, rear 134 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right 27° / 27°
Suspension, front Type 41 mm inverted fork with top-out springs Compression damping: Stepless. Rebound damping: Stepless. Spring preload: Fully adjustable (0-15 mm)
Suspension, rear Type Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and top-out spring Compression damping: Stepless Rebound damping: 25-way Spring preload: Fully adjustable (5.5-15.5 mm)
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 310 mm (x t5 mm) petal discs . Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston, Nissin
Brakes, rear Single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal disc Single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston, Nissin
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,085 mm x 705 mm x 1,115 mm
Ground Clearance 130 mm
Wheelbase 1,395 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Curb Mass 192 kg /194 kg (ABS)
Maximum power 96.4 kW 131 PS / 13,500 rpm
Maximum torque 71 N.m 7.2 kgf.m / 11,500 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air 101 kW 137 PS / 13,500 rpm
MSRP £ 9,649
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