When you start to seriously lower the lap times, the production sports car when you have between the pognes is no longer enough. We then think of more racing gear. And for Kawasaki, the ZX-10R is so thirsty for competition that it has to be better prepared for the various championships, national in mind; and the WSBK on the horizon.
Kawa announces that with this ZX-10RR, the house drivers gain 1 to 2 seconds per lap on the Autopolis circuit (which belongs to the brand). How? ‘Or’ What ? By optimizing everything on board. Symbolically, the equipment for the passenger was transferred to make it a strict single-seater. Without the rear footpegs and by opting for a lightweight silencer support, the Ninja gains a kilo. Then, it’s about gaining speed because for the moment, the engine retains the same power, a fiery 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm. The chassis is put forward: just at the level of the wheels, there is already enough to push the lap times. Kawa and Marchesini have developed new forged aluminum rims, reducing unsprung mass and allowing faster angle changes. These rims are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires; and you know how a good tire fitment and plenty of grip change your game.
In case a buddy wants to try the ZX-10RR wheels on his standard ZX-10R, no problem, the wheels are compatible. You will just have to buy a kit to mount the brake discs and the speed sensor track.
With shoes that are much more efficient, it is essential to review the suspension settings. The factory has therefore put in the small screwdrivers that go well without changing the components of the Showa BFF inverted fork or the rear shock absorber. Kawa thus wants to highlight the quality of the suspense. This is where the only differences of this 2018 vintage can be identified: at the level of the fork. A silvery gray color for the additional cartridges and green for the tube caps, instead of the previous red.
Another element that saves time is the shifter. It is already present on the standard ZX-10R but only when upshifting. To have the up function&down, you have to split off the racing ECU. Not with the ZX-10RR, where on-the-fly up and down gear is fitted as standard. An asset on the track; that we can also use on the road, as long as we are above 2500 rpm.
But let me come to the main course. With the modifications previously mentioned, this ZX-10R "+" is already playing a bit ahead. Where it gets more interesting for competitors is what kawasaki has changed in the guts. Born from racing, this version begs to return. To fight fiercely, engine manufacturers have reworked the cylinder head so that it can accommodate wicked camshafts. Also, the pushrods receive an ultra-hard Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment to facilitate engine break-in and reduce mechanical losses. Still in the spirit of race preparation, the crankcase has been reinforced to take the load intended to boost it. The vents between the cylinders have been narrowed and the wall thickened in this area.
The ZX-10 RR takes on the Winter Replica colourway, inaugurated last year in a special series with winter testing as a reference. This period conducive to developments where the machines are free of any sponsors. A dark and stealthy colourway, with just a few snowflakes for dressing and a numbered plaque to emphasize the exclusivity.
An exclusivity for enthusiasts? Especially a version intended to be grafted a nice racing preparation, history of better defeating a competition which gives itself the means to return to the forefront. Miss Ninja doesn’t seem too worried in this RR livery.
Don’t forget to take a look at the specific racing parts kit. It features high profile camshafts and special valve springs to improve high rpm perfs.
On February 20, 2018, Kawasaki launched a recall campaign on its ZX-10R and ZX-10RR (2016-2018) hyper sports cars. In question, the resistance of the transmission gears which could sometimes not be sufficient to withstand certain impacts when changing gears too ‘manly’. In order to avoid any risk of the gearbox jamming and the resulting risks, Kawasaki has therefore recalled certain ZX-10R and RR from 2016 to 2018 to replace several driven gears (2nd, 3rd, 4th) and ” a driving pinion (2nd).
Serial number range of affected machines:
Model Year Serial Number Range
ZX1000S (R) 2016 JKAZXT00SSA000089 to JKAZXT00SSA005375
ZX1000S (R) 2017 JKAZXT00SSA008003 to JKAZXT00SSA011870
ZX1000Z (RR) 2017 JKAZXT00SZA008532 to JKAZXT00SZA011731
ZX1000S (R) 2018 JKAZXT00SSA014003 to JKAZXT00SSA015556
ZX1000Z (RR) 2018 JKAZXT00SZA014035 to JKAZXT00SZA015331
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ZX-10RR 1000 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 5.90 l
300 km / h
The technical aspect
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ZX-10RR 2018
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 740 mm
- Height: 1,145 mm
- Wheelbase: 1440 mm
- Weight in running order: 205 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(76 x 55 mm)
at 13,000 rpm
at 11,500 rpm