As base for the 2017 WorldSBK winning machine piloted by KRT rider, Jonathan Rea, to a back-to-back third Superbike title, the Ninja ZX10RR has so far proved itself to be a formidable package.
From its race preparation ready cylinder head and performance-focused single seat to its lightweight specially forged Marchesini wheels plus KQS gear quick-shifter, the bike was quickly adopted by race teams and committed track day enthusiasts from across the globe after its 2017 launch.
Now with the added impact of a World Championship under its belt, the 2018 model features two updates for the coming season, both of which involve colour changes to components.
The reservoir canisters behind the lower part of the front fork legs change from a red appearance to silver. At the top of the fork leg the fork top cap is now green where it was previously also red.
In terms of performance, the 2018 machine has the same figures as the current bike. Mated to a 6-speed, cassette-type transmission, the 998cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine delivers 197 bhp at 13,000 rpm and 184 lb-ft of peak torque at 11,500 rpm.
“In the hands of our KRT riders, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, the Ninja ZX10RR has achieved Superpole wins, fastest laps, race wins and, ultimately, the 2017 WorldSBK title in its first year of production,” says Morihiro Ikoma, head of Kawasaki’s European operations. “For motorcycle racing teams, track day enthusiasts and committed road riders, the 2018 Ninja ZX10RR represents a great performance package and perfect base for racing success”.