2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Sepang launch -2

The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R has finally made it to Malaysia and will retail at a price of RM104,859. This new-generation superbike was unveiled to local media at a media test ride at the newly re-surfaced Sepang International circuit. The media launch was to acquaint journalists with the ZX-10R in a track setting, and allow test riders to test the ZX-10R’s ride modes in safety before road-testing of the bike kicks off.

Coming in right at the top as Kawasaki’s top-of-the-line production superbike – we exclude the H2 and H2R, as those are practically hand-built, special order hyperbikes – the 2016 ZX-10R carries a 999 cc, inline-four, liquid-cooled engine that puts out 197 hp at 13,000 rpm (204 hp with Ram Air) and 113.5 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm.

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While outwardly resembling the previous generation ZX-10R, the 2016 ZX-10R was thoroughly revised, down to the last nut-and-bolt, and has had a whole suite of electronics installed to bring it into the future. These include features such as launch control, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), predictive traction control (S-KTRC), and user-selectable engine braking.

There are also three power modes available – Full, Middle and Low – and race mode, unlockable only with the purchase of the race kit, which requires the use of a dongle that allows for ABS to be disabled. While Full mode allows for the engine to go on song with all 200-plus horses, Low mode cuts power to 60% of capacity.

Suspension for the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R is all-new, developed in conjunction with Showa of Japan. The 43 mm Balance Free front (BFF) fork is lifted almost directly off Kawasaki’s SBK racebike, and the rear Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) absorber is placed low to the centre-of-gravity to enhance handling.

Kawasaki Malaysia is bringing in the ZX-10R in the KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team) colours of Kawasaki Green and black, while only 15 machines in the Winter Test colours – matte black with a snowflake on the windscreen – were imported in, and all have been spoken for. The 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R has a base price of RM98,668.87, and retails for RM104,859 including GST, but excluding road-tax, registration and insurance.