Kawasaki unveiled the 2016 ZX-10R superbike. It has 207 hp and a kerb mass of 206kg (with ABS). Design looks the same, but the green machine has an all new engine, chassis, suspension, fairing, electronics, brakes and exhaust.
Kawasaki pulled the wraps off the new 2016 ZX-10R today in Spain. The new bike has been developed in association withWSBK champion Tom Sykes. Kawasaki says this bike is the closest thing to a full on factory superbike they ever made. Design changes are subtle. The headlights have been slightly updated as well as the exhaust.
2016 Kawasaki Zx-10R makes a claimed 207 hp (with ram air) at 13,000rpm and 113.88 Nm of torque at 11,500rpm. The engine was revised to increase low to mid-range power in order to improve acceleration out of corners. The cylinderhead and crank are all brand new thus 20% of its weight has been lost. The lighter crank helps with acceleration and can decelerate faster reducing cornering forces also.
Straighter and wider cylinderhead intake ports enhance power output by allowing more fuel/air mixture to flow easily into the combustion chamber. The exhaust system has been upgrated as well. The silencer and exhaust valves are now made from titanium to reduce mass. Titanium headers are identical in size to the superbike raced by Jonathan Rea. It meats Euro4 regulations and with a couple of tweaks, the exhaust system can be fully adapted for racing. A good balance between torque and high-end power has been achieved by revising cam profiles to optimise valve overlap.
Chassis and swingarm
The chassis was updated in order to put more weight on the front wheel to improve stability through corners. All this was possible by placing the headstock 7.5mm nearer to the rider. The swingarm is 15.8mm longer compared to the previous bike, changes necessary to put more weight over the front wheel and improve stability under braking and turn-in.
Brakes and Suspension
Brakes are Brembo M50 cast aluminium monoblocs, radially-mounted with 330mm twin discs for the front and single 220mm disc for the rear. Suspension has been developed by Showa and the Kawasaki WSBK Team. The front suspension features Balance Free Front Fork, a first on the market. For the rear, the green engineers fitted Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock. Kawasaki claim the new suspension offers increased ride comfort, braking stability and improved front-end feel. The suspension is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping.
2016 Kawasaki Zx-10R was developed to help the WSBK Team win. Thus, to help improve high-speed stability the top fairing is now larger. This helps racers change position more easily under braking turns. The windscreen is now fully integrated into the fairing diminishing vibrations at high speed. The brand new front mudguard helps directing air to the radiator to increase cooling.
As far as electronics go, the new superbike is packed with Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which means that the superbike has been fitted with five measured axes and a calculated programme to let the bike know everything about lean angle, pitch and yaw, acceleration and braking. The 2016 Kawasaki Zx-10R comes with new Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC) and of course, Ohlins electronic steering damper and a new power mode selection.