Kawasaki have upgraded the ZX-10R engine for 2019 to offer more power and torque as well as a better power band throughout the range. According to Kawasaki these changes are based on the KRT WorldSBK race bike.
The key to the increase in power is changing to finger-follower valve actuation which, with other updates, increases the Ninja ZX-10R’s peak horsepower to higher 203PS. Kawasaki note that track users may increase the power further by adding a full race exhaust.
The new valve train is designed by Kawasaki’s MotoGP/WorldSBK engineers, and according to Kawasaki, it is an example of top-level racing technology brought to the Ninja ZX-10R. The new system contributes to increased performance as well as greater reliability during high-rpm operation.
Compared to tappet-style valves, finger-follower valve actuation offers a 20% mass reduction in the valve system. It also enables more aggressive cam profiles.
In addition, for 2019, all Ninja ZX-10R variants will come equipped with the cylinder head ready for high lift cams first introduced on the Ninja ZX-10RR. To denote this change, all models feature a red painted cylinder head cover.
Another interesting upgrade for 2019 is the KQS dual direction quick-shifter in all models.
With production limited to 500 numbered units worldwide, the Ninja ZX-10RR is only for the lucky few. The 2019 Ninja ZX-10RR features technical upgrades that include the exclusive Pankl lightweight titanium connecting rods which not only save in excess of 400g compared to the standard rod set (decreasing the crankshaft moment of inertia by 5%) they also increase the rev limit by 600rpm and increasing the ZX-10RR power to a figure of 204PS without Ram-Air. In addition the front and rear suspension settings are revised.
The ZX-10R SE model will feature certain surface areas that are susceptible to wear and scuffing coated in Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable Paint process which sees soft and hard segments in the paint coat working together like a chemical spring, creating a trampoline effect allowing light impacts to be absorbed.
The three 2019 Ninja model variants, ZX-10R, ZX-10RR and ZX-10R SE will also be available to order as Performance models at European Kawasaki dealers. Each is modified from standard to create a Performance model via the fitment of a selection of factory warranted Kawasaki genuine accessories.
Lime Green / Ebony / Metallic Graphite Gray
Metallic Carbon Gray / Neutron Silver / Lime Green
ZX-10R: High-level base model features an engine and chassis with a high level of circuit potential, complemented by high-grade components like Balance Free Front Fork and BFRC lite suspension and a Brembo brake package.
ZX-10RR: Track-focused single-seat model enhances the potential of the base model with further engine and chassis modifications, including titanium connecting rods, fine-tuned suspension settings, and forged Marchesini wheels.
ZX-10R SE: High-grade model complements the circuit potential of the base model with Kawasaki’s highly advanced electronic suspension (KECS), and forged Marchesini wheels.