2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

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starting from £16,799

The new Ninja ZX-10R features all new aerodynamic body with integrated winglets, small & light LED headlights, TFT colour instrumentation, and Smartphone connectivity plus updates derived from Kawasaki Racing Team World Superbike expertise. The Performance editions adds the sporty sound and extra performance of a Carbon Akrapovic slip-on exhaust, a smoke windscreen and knee pads.

Key Features

Powerful 998 cm3 Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke In-Line Four

Updates to the Ninja ZX-10R’s powerful engine offer cleaner emissions while maintaining the performance of its predecessor.

Air-Cooled Oil Cooler

Based on feedback from Kawasaki’s WSB race machine, the new air-cooled oil cooler features an independent circuit – a design often seen on highperformance models.

High-Grade Suspension

More circuit-focused settings for the WSB-developed BFF (Balance Free Front Fork) and BFRC lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion) shock facilitate front-rear weight transfer, and contribute to light handling.

Electronic Cruise Control

Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.

Close-ratio Transmission

The Ninja ZX-10R’s gear ratios were idealised for circuit riding. A larger rear sprocket (39T >> 41T) and shorter ratios for 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears offer strong low-mid range acceleration for quicker corner exits, as well as quicker off-the-line acceleration for strong launches on the circuit.

Aerodynamic Riding Position

Updated handlebar and footpeg positions contribute to a more aggressive, circuit-focused riding position, while a new seat design helps riders minimise drag when tucked behind the windshield going down the straight.

Kawasaki River Mark

In recognition of its achievement in the Superbike World Championship, special permission to use the River Mark on the Ninja ZX-10R was granted. This is its first use on a nonsupercharged mass-production model.

Smartphone Connectivity

A Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

Integrated Winglets

Winglets built into the upper cowl generate downforce that helps keep the front wheel on the ground during strong acceleration.

Light-Handling Chassis

Complementing the highly acclaimed stability of the 2019 model, updates to the chassis geometry contribute to increased cornering performance and light handling.

High-Performance Brembo Brake System

Dual high-spec Brembo M50 monobloc calipers gripping large ø330 mm discs, specially prepared radial-pump master cylinder and race-quality steel-braided lines* deliver next-level braking performance. *Steel-braided lines on the Ninja ZX-10RR only

TFT Colour Instrumentation

The compact new all-digital TFT colour instrumentation gives the cockpit a high-tech, high-grade appearance. The new meter also offers additional features unavailable on the previous model.

Integrated Riding Modes: Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (Manual)

All-inclusive modes that link S-KTRC and Power Mode allow riders to efficiently set traction control and power delivery to suit a given riding situation.

Next-Generation Ninja Styling

The aerodynamic racer-inspired front cowl, highlighted by compact LED headlights, new Ram Air intake and a taller windshield, is the “face” of the Ninja ZX-10R’s nextgeneration Ninja styling.

Technology

KIBS


KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, offering highly efficient braking while maintaining natural feel.

ABS


ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.

Electronic Throttle Valves


Electronic Throttle Valves allow the ECU to deliver the ideal amount of fuel and air to the engine.

Kawasaki Engine Brake Control


Kawasaki Engine Brake Control allows riders to set engine braking according to preference.

KCMF


KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner.

KQS - Kawasaki Quick Shifter


KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) enables clutchless up- and downshifts.

KLCM - Kawasaki Launch Control Mode


KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode) optimises acceleration from a stop by electronically managing engine output to prevent wheelspin.

IMU


Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level.

S-KTRC


S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control) is a MotoGP-based predictive traction control system for sport riding.

Power Modes


Power Mode selection allows engine power delivery to be changed to suit the riding situation.

Electronic Cruise Control


Electronic Cruise Control allows vehicle speed to be fixed. Rider support technology that helps reduce rider fatigue on long trips and contributes to increased touring comfort.

Economical Riding Indicator


The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.

Smartphone Connectivity


Smartphone connectivity contributes to an enhanced motorcycling experience by enabling riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly.

Available Colours

Lime Green / Ebony / Pearl Blizzard White Flat Ebony

Specification

Engine

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore x stroke 76 x 55 mm
Compression ratio/th> 13.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 47 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 220 mm disc. Caliper: Single piston
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted Balance Free Front Fork with external compression chamber, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link with BFRC lite gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 149.3 kW {203 PS} / 13,200 rpm
Maximum power with RAM air 156.8 kW {213 PS} / 13,200 rpm
Fuel consumption 6 l/100 km
CO2 emission 140 g/km
Maximum torque 114.9 N•m {11.7 kgf•m} / 11,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed, cassette
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.681 (79/47)
Gear Ratios 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear Ratios 2nd 2.158 (41/19)
Gear Ratios 3rd 1.882 (32/17)
Gear Ratios 4th 1.650 (33/20)
Gear Ratios 5th 1.476 (31/21)
Gear Ratios 6th 1.304 (30/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.412 (41/17)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Twin spar, cast aluminium
Trail 105 mm
Wheel travel front 120 mm
Wheel travel rear 115 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 190/55ZR17M/C (75W)
Steering angle, left / right 27° / 27°
L x W x H 2,085 x 750 x 1,185 mm
Wheelbase 1,450 mm
Ground clearance 135 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 835 mm
Curb mass 207 kg