The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets a new cylinder head and now develops 3bhp more.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has been refreshed for the model-year 2019. The updates on the new bike include minor mechanical upgrades such as a new cylinder head and new standard equipment on the entire range.
All three variants of the bike, the entry-level ZX-10R, SE, and RR, now come with a finger-follower valve train that replaces the current bike’s tappet-style valves. Benefits? An overall weight saving of around 20 per cent, which allows the engine to rev faster. The new cylinder head also allows for a more aggressive cam-profile, meaning the power output is up by around 3bhp – the inline-four 998cc now develops 200bhp. However, the track-focussed RR version – limited to 500 units – also gets Pankl titanium connecting rods, shaving off 400gm of weight and producing a little more horsepower (201.2bhp).
In addition to that, all three bikes now come standard with a KQS bi-directional quick-shifter, which was only available in SE and RR variants earlier. Other than this, all three models are unchanged from earlier.
Expect the updated Ninja ZX-10R to arrive on our shores later this year or early in 2019. And since Kawasaki India is currently assembling the existing ZX-10R locally, the prices of the upcoming models are expected to be super tempting as well.