The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2021 has hit Australian showrooms, and is available exclusively in the new KRT Edition colour scheme.
Pricing starts at $15,199 plus on-road costs, while rideaway offers vary depending on where you are in the country.
With no performance changes made for the new year, the ZX-6R is attractively priced compared to its key rival, the Yamaha YZF-R6, which is available from $19,699 rideaway.
Honda has yet to confirm pricing for its incoming CBR600RR, however, it is also expected to land somewhere around the $20k mark.
The updated Kawasaki ZX-6R carries over its 636cc inline four-cylinder engine that develops 95kW and 71Nm, and comes standard with an up-only quickshifter, three-mode traction control, lean-angle ABS and Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22.
This means that the Ninja ZX-6R still out-muscles the Honda CBR600RR (89kW/64Nm) and the current Yamaha YZF-R6 (87kW/62Nm), but falls a bit behind in terms of technology.
The Honda CBR600RR is the only one of the three to sport a full-colour TFT display, LED lighting and an up/down quickshifter (option), and features the most comprehensive rider-aid system.
Also distinguishing the incoming CBR600RR is an aerodynamics package derived from Honda’s RC213V MotoGP bike. New winglets are said to increase down force, helping to maintain the load on the front tyre as the rider leans into the corner and releases the brake.
Both the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2021 and the updated Honda CBR600RR feature similar suspension equipment, both wearing fully adjustable 41mm Showa front forks. Brake discs also measure 310mm at the front, with a 220mm rotor at the rear in both cases.
The new Ninja is only available in the new KRT Edition colour scheme, which sees Lime Green with Ebony and Pearl Blizzard White paint.
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