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When Kawasaki launched the 2016 ZX-10R, we thought it was perhaps the ultimate iteration of a race bike for the road. Turns out we were wrong, with the unveiling of the 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Coming in Winter Test colours – a scheme we enjoyed on the ZX-10R we tested – the Kawasaki ZX-10RR will only have a production run of 500 units, just enough for homologation purposes. While outwardly looking much the same as the ZX-10R, the RR hides its capability under the fairing.

A modified cylinder head is designed for high lift cams – which are available separately as part of the bike’s race kit – and the tappets get a diamond-like coating (DLC) to reduce friction and mechanical loss. The engine cases have also been strengthened to withstand the rigours of racing.

On the electronics side a Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) is installed, and allows for both up- and down-shifts. A proper six-axis inertial measurement unit, as opposed to the ZX-10R’s five-axis unit with a sixth axis electronically computed, is new for the ZX-10RR.

The 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR rolls on Marchesini seven-spoke forged wheels, because lightness. Brembo M50 radial-mounted calipers take care of the braking, grabbing grooved Brembo brake discs and actuated by a radial master cylinder.

Keeping the weight down further, the ZX-10RR comes with a single seat, which shaves a kilogramme off the all-up weight. No word on what the price of this limited edition Kawasaki superbike might be, but the 2016 ZX-10R retails in Malaysia for RM104,859.