New 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R versus 2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R: specifications compared

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MCN has got its hands on the new Kawasaki ZX-10R’s specifications. We’ve picked out the main elements and compared them with the current bike’s details.

We estimated the power at 185bhp based on what the project leader told MCN last week – he said they had matched the BMWS1000RR. The price of the ZX-10R has yet to be announced, but we’ve heard it will be on a par with the class-leading BM.

So what’s the verdict – can the new Kawasaki topple the S1000RR?

2010 ZX-10R 2011 ZX-10R
Price £10,209 £11,495 (estimate)
Engine 998cc, liquid-cooled, four cylinder 998cc, liquid-cooled, four cylinder
Power 165.3bhp (tested at rear wheel) 185bhp (estimated)
Weight 208 kg 198kg
Bore x stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio 12.9:1 13.0:1
Ignition Digital Digital with Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)
Rake/trail 25.5 degrees /110 mm 25.0 degrees / 109.9mm
Front tyre 120/70ZR17 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre 190/55ZR17 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase 1415 mm 1424.9mm
Front suspension/wheel travel 43 mm inverted fork, rebound,
compression, spring
preload adjustability
43mm Big Piston Fork (BPF), rebound, compression and spring preload adjustability
Rear suspension/wheel travel Bottom-Link Uni-Trak. High/low-speed compression, rebound and preload adjust Horizontal Back-link. High/low-speed compression, rebound and preload adjust
Front brakes 310 mm petal discs, radial-mount
4-piston calliper
310 mm petal discs, radial-mount
4-piston calliper
Rear brakes Single 220mm petal disc Single 220mm petal disc
Seat height 830mm 812.8mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres 17 litres