Kawasaki has revised the ZX-6R and aside from a slight increase in displacement it also gets a slew of technological upgrades.
The 2013 ZX-6R gets a new engine that has a 2.6 mm longer stroke, which ads 37 cc more displacement. It also receives several other internal changes that boost power and torque throughout the rev range. The engine is accompanied by a new electronic management system that includes three-mode traction control and two power modes, allowing for eight different combinations (we did the math too and figure the total must include an “off” setting for the traction control).
The engine claims 136 horsepower with torque peaking at 52 lb-ft. One of the power modes provides a softer throttle map and 80 per cent of maximum power for easier handling of in-town traffic. Power feeds to a cassette-type six-speed gearbox through a new assisted slipper clutch.
Chassis changes include a new separate function (compression and rebound damping adjustments are separated between the fork legs), big-piston fork. Rake angle has been steepened by 0.5 degrees and the forks sit 2 mm higher in the tripleclamps to quicken steering response. The shock spring rate and lever ratio have been altered to soften the rear suspension for a better street ride.
Styling is borrowed from the ZX-10R, with a sharper fairing design and an overall more aggressive look. An ABS model will also be available that uses KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System), which monitors several parameters including ECU information, clutch actuation and gear position to control brake pressure.
Canadian pricing and availability will be announced in mid-October.