The last time we assembled the superbike offerings from the Big Four Japanese manufacturers to determine the alpha male model was 2009. The CBR won that confrontation, but a lot’s changed since then. For 2012 Honda revamped the CBR1000RR, Yamaha added traction control to the R1, the GSX-R1000 lost a muffler and last year Kawasaki […]
2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R – 170 hp At The Wheel!
Dyno run reveals new 2011 ZX-10R has potential of more than 188 hp
Taking this at face value, that’s at least 17 hp more than the 2010 ZX-10R produced for us in our 2010 Literbike Shootout.
This puts the new big Ninja within swinging distance of BMW’s S1000RR, that in the same shootout gave us just under 176 hp. Furthermore, rumors have swirled — and some even claim confirmation — that the Beemer doesn’t play by U.S. EPA rules. We have it from a good source that Kawasaki is 100% in compliance with emissions standards for the U.S.
And if the techs in this video are on the up ‘n’ up, the simple act of using a slip-on exhaust and some “Power Commander” type of ECU modifier give the new ZX potential of nearly 190 hp!
If the video’s results are accurate, this then puts to rest recent rumors that the 2011 ZX-10R has only the same horsepower as the previous model.
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