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Why The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR Is The Superport We Want But Not What We Need

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In a long list of motorcycles, we want Kawasaki India to bring here, the recently unveiled Ninja ZX-4RR has to rank the highest. Because despite its (on-paper) mid-spec engine capacity there’s more than what meets the eye. Here are five such important highlights.

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DesignThe ZX-4RR and its sibling, the Ninja 400 look almost the same. But take a closer look and you’ll notice the ZX-4RR is a lot chonkier than the Ninja 400 we get here, thanks to the two additional cylinders. Other highlights include KRT Racing livery, twin-LED headlamps and a beefier exhaust.

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SpecsUnlike the parallel-twin motor found on the standard Ninja 400, the ZX-4RR gets two additional cylinders, helping it rev up to as much as 15,000rpm! The supersport makes 77PS of power (80PS with RAM intake) with 36Nm of torque. That’s 12PS more than the 650cc Ninja.

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Top-shelf componentsThere is a slew of electronics and sophisticated hardware, like the trellis frame, the USD Showa SFF-BP forks along with traction control, four riding modes, a bi-directional quick-shifter and a 4.3-inch colour TFT display. There’s also a “track” mode which showcases only the gear position indicator, a lap timer and engine speed above 10,000rpm.

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A hefty priceThere’s a reason the Ninja ZX-4RR will never make it to India. In the USA, the supersport retails for $9,699 (Rs 7.96 lakh) which already makes it more expensive than the Ninja 650. Add in the revised import duty and you’re looking at a bill of over Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom), closer to the Ninja ZX 10-R category!

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