Wednesday, September 12, 2007

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R: First pics, video and details

The 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Looks ugly, eh?
A bit challenged in the looks department, yes, but this is indeed the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R. The new Ninja is still green and mean as ever, and according to Kawasaki, it’s now ‘The ideal superbike, with engine and chassis performance capable of satisfying professional racers, combined with top-notch streetbike qualities for mainstream riders.’

The 2008 ZX-10R’s engine is a liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, 998cc inline-four, with a compression ratio of 12.7:1. Dual fuel injectors are used for each cylinder, with 43mm Keihin throttle bodies. Power output figures have not yet been quoted, but we suppose the 2008 ZX-10R Ninja would be packing about 170 - 175 horsepower, and the power to weight ratio would be around 1:1.

In a few months time, when magazines start doing their litre-class superbike shootouts, it'll be interesting to see how the new Ninja fares, especially against the 2008 Fireblade
Suspension is 43mm USD forks with DLC coating (to reduce friction) at the front, and Kawasaki’s bottom-link Uni-Trak at the rear. Both ends are fully adjustable, while the rear suspension also gets independently adjustable high- and low-speed compression damping. The brakes, at the front, are semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, with four-piston radial-mount calipers, and a single 220mm petal disc with single-piston aluminum caliper at the rear wheel.

For us, the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a disappointment in terms of styling – it looks gawky and awkward in these first pictures, and the exhaust pipe, which seems to have been borrowed from the Z1000, doesn't work here. But for all we know, performance may have been significantly improved by Kawasaki engineers.

Here's a video of the 2008 ZX-10R in action
Update (28th Sep, 2007): More details on the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R here


Bram said...

It has a nice rake. High in rear, low in front. Both Kawasaki and Yamaha are copying the GSX-R small exhaust low on the bike. Suzuki was the first to adopt this.

first_synn said...

Sorry mate, Suzie wasn't the first to adopt this. The '06 R6 was; Which in turn, borrowed the idea from Buell.

Anyhoo, I don't mind the looks of the Ninja one bit. Agreed, the exhaust can looks like that thing one uses to zap mosquitoes with, but hey, that's why we have Acras and Yoshis. And from what i have seen and heard, Kawas make the most orgasmic aural notes with aftermarket cans...

Anyhoo, the point is, Kawas were never meant to be pretty. The thing is beastly, and looks like it can have the R1, the dud-blade and the gixxer thou for breakfast, lunch and dinner, respectively. And this, my friends, is coming from a Yamaha man.

'm the sort of guy who would prefer to take a rottweiler for a walk in the park than a french poodle. Hope that clarifies things a bit.. :-P

Anonymous said...

Kawasaki and Honda have lost it completely. The 2008 ZX-10R and Fireblade both look like complete shit. These companies should look at Ducati and Yamaha for some inspiration. The 2008 R1 and 1098 are two of the best looking superbikes in the market today.

Mike said...

I like it....a bit strange looking but most likely a beast.

thrillseeker said...

the new kaw looks incredible. the frame and suspension will get the job done added to the best engine in the class will make this years team green mean!! cant wait to get mine. paid for it 2 months ago. see ya at mid-ohio

littleredrooster said...

I picked mine up last week and love it, I had the ZX750RR before this and this is better in the corners, breaks are excellent, the rear shock is typical Kwaka and a little too firm but the looks are sharper than ever, mine is black. 9 out of 10 only because I don't like the look of the exhaust so will have to get an Akrapovic so it is a 10 out of 10.



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