Where there is an updated ZX-10R, so too is there an updated ZX-10RR, and the 2021 model year from Kawasaki does not break away from this tradition.
As such, say hello to the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR which gets some subtle changes for its $28,999 price tag and a 500-unit exclusivity.
Like the Ninja ZX-10R, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR keeps its quoted power and torque figures from the previous model year, which means that there is 201hp (150 kW) and 85 lbs•ft (115.7 Nm) on tap in European trim (though that number will certainly be less in the USA).
While it is easy to get discouraged by the lack of a performance increase from the ZX-10RR’s 998cc inline-four engine, it does come now with a Euro5 homologation, which so often is a power suck in the name of fewer emissions.
As you would expect, the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR gets the same similar subtle chassis and aerodynamic changes that are found on the single-R machine, most notably the revised fairing and its “integrated winglet” design and aggressive face/intake.
Too make ZX-10RR worthy of its hefty price tag then, Kawasaki has instead focused its efforts on a several key areas for the race-bred superbike in order to differentiate it from its sibling, and to meet the needs of the Kawasaki Racing Team in the WorldSBK Championship.
First up, Team Green has eliminated the use of intake funnels in the airbox. There is a new camshaft as well, along with new intake and exhaust valve springs, Pankl titanium connecting rods, and new pistons (which use one-less ring than the base model ZX-10R).
This all helps raise the maximum rpm on the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR by an extra 500 rpm over the base model units, which boosts the peak horsepower figure by an extra pony in street-legal trim.
Completing the package is a set of forged aluminum wheels from Marchesini, which have Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires mounted as standard.
You can get the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR in any color want, so long as it is lime green.
As is becoming the trend, Kawasaki wants a pretty penny for its WorldSBK homologation bike. With only 500 units being sold worldwide, we doubt Team Green will have any trouble reaching that mark.
But for many, the $29,000 price will beyond their grasp, especially considering the modest changes that come for the 2021 model year.
Source: Kawasaki USA