Updated Kawasaki ZZR1400 revealed

Published: 15 October 2015

Kawasaki have given their ZZR1400 a firm series of tweaks to help it combat imminent new Euro4 regulations, without losing any of its near-200bhp thrust.

 

Key changes to the 2016 ZZR1400 include:

  • Revised ECU settings
  • New exhaust and evaporative system
  • New instruments and LCD display
  • New Brembo M50 radially mounted brake calipers (Performance Sport model)
  • Öhlins TTX39 rear shock and Akrapovic silencers (Performance Sport model)

Available as two models, the standard ZZR1400 and a ZZR1400 Performance Sport, the 2016 version uses new settings in the ECU and a revised exhaust and evaporative system to help it meets the new emission regulations without any drop in the power figures – maintaining the bike’s gut-wrenching USP. The 1441cc engine kicks out a claimed 197.4bhp without any ram-air effect, or a gnat’s earlobe over 207bhp with the full effect of ram-air.

While getting the ZZR Euro4-compliant, Kawasaki have also given both models a bit of a refresh and spec boost. Both bikes get a new instrument cluster with high-visibility dials and a clear central LCD panel with a black/white reversible readout allowing owners to pick whichever works best with their eyes, or in changeable conditions.

The higher-spec Performance Sport model gets a few more upgrades to shout about. Most obvious are the new Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers – straight off the new-for-2016 ZX-10R revealed in MCN last week – combined with a Brembo radial- master cylinder and stainless steel brake lines. With a kerb mass of 269kg (1kg more than the base model) and 200-odd bhp on tap, there’s a lot to be said for some serious anchors.

The PS model also gets a sexy Swedish addition in the shape of Öhlins’ TTX39 rear shock, tuned to suit the ZZR, plus a pair of elegant Akrapovic silencers.

The stock ZZR1400 will cost £11,799, while the Performance Sport version tips the financial scales at £13,399 – and both can be ordered now at your local Kawasaki dealer.

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