Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Kawasaki have released pics and specs of the 2012 Ninja ZX-10R and the new bike looks pretty hot. The 2012-spec bike gets traction control and ABS (optional), and both of these are supposed to be ‘intelligent’ systems that ‘allow optimum wheelspin while enhancing rider control.’ Brilliant! :-D
Kawasaki make no claims regarding the 2012 ZX-10R’s 998cc inline-four’s power output, but we suppose that should be in the region of 180-190 horsepower. Interesting bits on the engine include chrome-molybdenum cams that enhance durability, single-shaft secondary balancer that helps reduce vibration, lightweight radiator with tightly packed cores for more efficient engine cooling, intake and exhaust valves made of titanium, and dual-injector digital fuel injection with 47mm throttle bodies.
Monday, October 10, 2011
In a straight line, even the mighty BMW S1000RR won't keep up with this, the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400. Hayabusa owners aren't going to be too happy with this one...
No, it doesn’t have a factory-fitted turbocharger or supercharger and it won’t do 400km/h. However, the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 (Ninja ZX-14R in the US) does get a slightly bigger engine – 1441cc – that produces about 200-210 horsepower. It also gets an updated fuel-injection system, three-mode traction control system, redesigned exhaust system, revised styling, improved ergonomics, tweaked chassis, longer swingarm (length increased by 10mm over its predecessor), slipper clutch and uprated brakes and suspension.
Kawasaki haven’t made any claims regarding the 2012 ZZR1400’s performance, though we’ll readily believe its acceleration should be intense and top speed could well be in the region of 320km/h. The bike costs about US$15,000/ £11,000 and that isn’t really a lot of money for what’s probably the world’s fastest production streetbike right now. We’d have ours in black, with a Yoshimura exhaust system that’s a bit lighter and a bit louder than the stock unit. No, really, we love this bike.
With the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale just weeks away from its official unveiling – which will happen at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, in November this year – Ducati have gone ahead and revealed the bike’s all-new twin-cylinder ‘Superquadro’ engine, which will, according to the company, ‘set the most extreme benchmark ever’ in Ducati’s history of superbike engines.
According to Ducati, the Superquadro engine has been designed for reduced weight and increased power, torque and user-friendliness. ‘The Superquadro engine, so called because of its massively oversquare bore and stroke (112mm x 60.8mm), has increased power to an absolute production twin-cylinder milestone of 195bhp at 10,750rpm and torque to 132Nm at 9,000rpm. Its construction has enabled a radical reduction in overall vehicle weight and major services have been extended to 24,000km,’ says a press note from the company.