Kawasaki Launches New, 2019-model Ninja ZX-6R ABS and Ninja ZX-6R with New Styling and Enhanced Performance on Both the Street and Track
Oct. 12, 2018
Tokyo, October 11, 2018—Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced its launch of two upgraded 2019 models in the 600 cc supersport category: the Ninja ZX-6R ABS and Ninja ZX-6R. Both will be released in selected markets from early October 2018.
The Ninja ZX-6R was designed to deliver the enjoyment and thrills unique to Kawasaki 600 cc class supersport models to a wide range of different riders. Compared with most supersport models in the class, these new Ninja ZX-6R models have the 636 cm3 engine which boasts a 37 cm3 advantage, offering an outstanding performance in the whole rpm ranges. Although its chassis was designed primarily for riding on winding roads in mind, the highly versatile design offers a comfortable ride in a range of different situations, from track racing to street riding.
For the 2019 model, the gear ratio has been updated to provide a more powerful feel in the low-rpm range. Such sophisticated technologies for riding support as KTRC*1, KIBS*2 and Power Mode Selector are given to the new Ninja ZX-6R models as well as other recent sport models. And further, there is an additional feature, KQS which enables upshifting without operating the clutch that supports fun riding on city streets or winding roads.
In terms of styling, various sections including the front and tail cowling have been updated. As the overall appearance matches with that of other Ninja models, the unique look and feel of the ZX-6R stand out in its class . The new LED bulbs, given to the head and tail lamps, improve visibility during night riding and contribute to the bikes' high-graded appearance.
|*1:||Kawasaki Traction Control|
|*2:||Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System|
|*3:||Kawasaki Quick Shifter|
Changes from Previous Models
Engine and Body
|1.||636 cm3, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, inline-four engine|
The new Ninja ZX-6R models comply with Euro 4 (European emission standards) without sacrificing the engine output and torque that the previous models had. This means that the new models maintain more powerful torque from the low-rpm to the mid, compared with other 600cc class supersport models. The engine offers better control when it comes to day-to-day street riding, including stop-and-go riding on city streets and overtaking other vehicles when necessary.
|2.||Powerful feel in the low-rpm range|
A shorter final gear ratio adds an extra emphasis on power feel in the low-rpm range.
|3.||Bridgestone's latest tires|
Bridgestones latest tire model, the Battlax Hypersport S22, contributes to more nimble handling.
Design and Equipment
|1.||New body design|
The front and tail cowling have been completely renewed.
The overall body design that integrates the powerful and sexy character of the Ninja series with sharp, edgy lines, gives these models an unmistakable ZX-6R look. In addition, the front cowling and windscreen have been designed to provide excellent wind protection optimized for sports riding.
|2.||Newly designed silencer and heel guard|
The silencer has been reworked with a new shape and finish, as well as the new end cap having a sportier look. Also, the heel guards are newly designed. These are part of the elements making the dynamic styling of the Ninja ZX-6R.
|3.||New seat for better fit and position|
The front-rider seat has been shortened in length for better fit for riding.
Also, front part of the seat has become narrower to help rider’s feet reach the ground easier.
|4.||LED head and tail lamps|
The headlamps have been improved to provide much greater visibility at night. Additionally, the new tail lamp design is reminiscent of that seen on Ninja ZX-10R model in the larger class, giving this year ZX-6R a more refined and high-end appearance.
|5.||Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)|
This feature enables upshifting without the use of clutch, for a more sporty and fun riding.
|6.||Handy power-supply cable foraccessories|
A new power-supply cable is available inside the front cowling, for accessories that use a plug-in power supply.
|Product names||Ninja ZX-6R ABS, Ninja ZX-6R|
|Launch dates||Early in October, 2018|
|Region of release||Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and others|
|Colors||Lime Green x Ebony x Metallic Graphite Gray
Metallic Spark Black x Metallic Flat Spark Black
Pearl Storm Gray x Metallic Flat Spark Black
|Product names||Ninja ZX-6R ABS, Ninja ZX-6R|
|Length × width × height||2,025 mm x 710 mm x 1,100 mm|
|Min. ground clearance||130 mm|
|Seat height||830 mm|
|Engine type/valve system||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4-cylinder/DOHC 4-valve|
|Total displacement||636 cm3|
|Inner diameter x stroke||67.0 x 45.1 mm|
|Ignition system||Battery and coil (transistor ignition)|
|Lubrication system||Wet sump|
|Engine oil capacity||3.6 L|
|Fuel supply system||Fuel injection|
|Transmission type||Constant mesh 6-speed return shift|
|Clutch type||Multiplate wet clutch|
|Gear ratios||1st||2.846 (37/13)|
|Primary reduction ratio /|
secondary reduction ratio
|1.900 (76/40) / 2.867 (43/15)|
|Suspension system||Front||Telescopic (inverted)|
|Rear||Swingarm (Unitrack system)|
|Tire size||Front||120/70 ZR17M/C 58W|
|Rear||180/55 ZR17M/C 73W|
|Brake type||Front||Dual disk 275 mm (outer diameter)|
|Rear||Single disk 186 mm (outer diameter)|
|Steering angle (left/right)||27°/27°|
|Vehicle weight||196 kg (Ninja ZX-6R ABS)
193 kg (Ninja ZX-6R)
|Fuel tank capacity||17 L|
|*||Numbers are overseas specifications.|