2016 Kawasaki ZZR1400 (8)

The 2016 Kawasaki ZZR1400 (sold as the ZX-14R in the US) recently underwent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing, and was found to have lost 10 hp over previous models. Kawasaki has traditionally been conservative about the big Z’s power, quoting 200 hp as the official figure, but dyno testing over the years showed another five percent or so horsepower could be found on tap.

Down-grading of the ZZR’s power output was attributed to compliance with Euro 4 standards. Changes to the incoming model include a new three-way catalyst, and revisions to the ECU and evaporative system.

This was despite earlier claims to the contrary by Kawasaki, saying the 2016 ZZR would suffer no loss of hp. The new number is 199.4 hp, and emissions figures have dropped as a result, with the 2016 engine running a tiny bit cleaner than the older model.

Major changes are a new instrument cluster and Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers lifted off the ZX-10R. The 2016 ZZR1400 comes in two versions, standard and Performance Sport.

The Performance Sport model gets Ohlins suspension at the back and a pair of Akrapovic exhausts. The ZZR1400 weighs-in at 269 kg, and is sold in the UK for £11,799 (RM75,200) for the standard and £13,399 (RM85,400) for the Performance Sport.