Kawasaki has begun to hype the 2011 ZX-10R through a special web site. Held back last year (when it would normally have debuted a new model), Kawasaki has to be targeting the performance of the new class leader, the BMW S1000RR.
The teaser video found on the “Kawasaki-Challenge” web site touts a new engine, new frame and new suspension, together with “innovative technology” from the new Ninja that should debut in the flesh a bit later this year.
The design sketch pictured is a “world superbike racer image” of the machine. According to Kawasaki, “the shape, material, rigidity, weight, etc. of all its parts were re-evaluated — essentially making it a completely redesigned superbike.”
The extraordinary horsepower advantage the new BMW has achieved will likely lead competitors (including Kawasaki) to raise engine redlines in an effort to match the output of the incredible BMW. It is likely Kawasaki will also employ traction control, selectable engine/ignition maps and, perhaps, some sophisticated form of electronic braking assist, as computer/electronic performance enhancements become more common on production sportbikes.