Essential modifications to the FIM Supersport racing rules indicated the end of the 600cc supersport industry. Even before the amended criteria, Yamaha abandoned the YZF-R6 platform due to high production costs and lackluster sales.
We expected more manufacturers to follow Yamaha’s lead. Bikes such as the KTM 890 Duke R, Triumph Street Triple 765 RS, Ducati Panigale V2, and MV Agusta F3 800 are lined up alongside the 600cc inline-fours 2022. So, Kawasaki is already ramping up manufacturing for the 2023 Ninja ZX-6R.
Kawasaki isn’t just sticking to its guns; it’s also not changing what isn’t broken. The ZX-6R keeps many of its distinguishing features. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 636cc engine has a modest edge over its 600cc supersport competitors, and Kawi uses that extra capacity. The firm hasn’t disclosed power estimates for the 2023 model. Still, we expect the straight-four to generate something like the 127 horsepower and 52.1 lb-ft of torque produced by the 2022 ZX-6R.
A quick-shifter, variable power settings, and a slipper and assist clutch allow the operator to get the most out of the tried-and-true mill. But, Riders can adjust the Ninja to varied situations thanks to two power modes, multi-level traction control, and ABS. Of course, Kawasaki crams the potent engine within an aluminum perimeter frame. It features a Showa massive piston inverted fork and Uni-Trak rear shock, whether on the racetrack or the road.
Price and availability
Nissin four-piston monobloc calipers gripping dual 310mm discs. They deliver all the stopping power and feel required for track use. The Metallic Matte Twilight Blue/Metallic Diablo Black colorway costs $10,699.
According to Team Green’s early manufacturing schedule, Kawasaki buyers may expect the 2023 street versions in U.S. dealerships in late spring. Yes, the 600cc supersport segment is shrinking, but the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is coming with the determination to dominate.
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