Kawasaki launches the 2016 models of the ZX-10R and ZX-14R in the country.
Kawasaki has launched the 2016 ZX-10R and 2016 ZX-14R in the Indian market. The updated ZX-10R is priced at Rs 16.40 lakh, whereas the flagship ZX-14R gets a sticker price of Rs 17.90 lakh for the 2016 model (both prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Of the two bikes, the 2016 ZX-10R is the one which has received maximum and significant number of upgrades. The 2016 ZX-10R is equipped with uprated engine and electronics, a new chassis and a whole lot more of tweaks and changes so as to ensure that it outdoes the competition around a racetrack.
For starters, the updated ZX-10R gets a larger upper cowl (to improve the air-flow), revised frame and swingarm, updated Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers, WSBK-style Showa front forks, Bosch five-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), reworked traction control system, new titanium exhaust system, Ohlins electronic steering damper and a lighter crankshaft (claimed to reduce inertia by 20 per cent, thereby, allowing the engine to rev more quickly).
The 998cc engine develops the same power/torque output as before – 197.2bhp @13,000rpm and 113.5Nm @ 11,500rpm, although it now meets Euro 4 emissions. The 2016 ZX-10R is also claimed to have improved mid-range performance. Club that with all the aforementioned revisions, and the ZX-10R can now clock significantly quicker lap times than before, says Kawasaki.
Changes on the 2016 ZX-14R, or the ZZR1400, are few and far between. Internationally, the 2016 model year is offered in two versions - ZX-14R ABS and ZX-14R ABS Special Edition. The former gets a new instrument cluster and ABS as standard, while the latter adds new Brembo brakes (same as on the new 2016 ZX-10R) and stainless steel brake lines.
Other than this, the 2016 ZX-14R remains unchanged from the previous model. That means it’s still powered by the mental 1,441cc engine that develops 197.2bhp @ 10,000rpm and 158Nm @ 7,500rpm.