Kawasaki has launched a more track-focused, special edition of the ZX-10R, the ZX-10RR. While there is little that sets it apart from the standard ZX-10R, the RR is offered only with a single- seat saddle and features tweaks to the engine. The bike is also available only in a single black paint shadow. The ZX-10RR is fitted with forged aluminum Marchesini wheels to reduce the unsprang weight for lighter handling. These wheels can also fit on the ZX-10R. So owners of the standard version can also take advantage of the weight savings, though they will essential to buy accessory kits to fit the brake-discs and speed-sensor ring. The RR comes shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres as usual. In terms of power output, the liter-class motor continues to belt out the same 197 bhp at 13,000 rpm (207 bhp with Ram-Air) and 113.5 Nm of torque available at 11,500 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed manual gear transmission. The Kawasaki ZX-10RR uses the very sticky Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres that are wrapped in 7-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels in a bid to keep the load low. The tech wizardry from the standard version has been carried over on the RR including the Bosch Inertial Management unit (IMU), 5-stage traction control and 3 stage launch control.
Given the changes, Kawasaki states the upgrades have made the ZX-10RR a good two seconds quicker on the company’s official test track in Kumamoto, Japan. The bike maker has not shown as to how many units have been chosen for India out of the limited 500 examples that will be ever made. The street-legal track-spec ZX-10RR is the first launch of the Japanese auto maker in the country and Kawasaki is projected to bring more models later in the year including the Z900 (Z800 replacement), new Z650 (Er-6N replacement) and the new Ninja 650. All three variants were showcased at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan last year. The bike also gets a new Kawasaki Quick Shifter system that allows for seamless gearshifts without the need to use the clutch to engage the next gear. The Kawasaki ZX10-RR is priced at Rs.21.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune) and is limited to just 500 units