With Jonathan Rea dominating the 2015 world superbike (WSBK) title on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, we’re pretty excited about the production of the 2016 model.
The news of the upcoming model in the works comes from the reliable source Speedweek publication in Germany who where lucky enough to get an interview with the Kawasaki WSBK racing team manager Guim Roda.
Talking to Speedwekk, Roda said “we will have a new Kawasaki ZX-10R in 2016. The concept will be the same but, with some details and changes, it will be even more competitive.”
“Given that the current rules are very restricted, the motorbikes have to be developed with an eye on the sport. We are heading on a path that Aprilia, Ducati and BMW have already taken for this year by bringing out new bikes,” he added.
What Roda is referencing is the fact that the rules in WSBK are limiting what race teams can develop from the stock motorcycles from the manufacturers.
This in-turn means that OEMs will have to make their superbike and supersport machines more competitive and potent from the factory, as we’ve seen with the recently released Yamaha YZF-R1, Ducati Panigale R, and Aprilia RSV4 RF.
As Roda hints at, we can expect to see a similar move from Kawasaki then, with the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R likely to have a highly tuned engine (200+ horsepower) and sophisticated electronics package.
What will the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R look like? Only time will tell, though expect the US and European models to have some core performance differences.
Article Source: Speekweek
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