Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Kawasaki has unveiled 2017 Z1000 R edition, a more tech and equipment carrying version of the 1000cc street-fighter motorcycle. The Z1000 R Edition borrows dark styling cues from the Sugomi paint schemes of the relevant Zeds, and makes a difference with some high-end suspension and brake equipment.
The 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R edition comes as a higher-spec Z1000, using the same main engine and frame package. The obvious difference centers around the paint job, which is inspired by the black and grey Sugomi theme, adorned here with green accents and ‘Z ‘logo-embossed on the seat.
The Z1000 R boasts of high-spec stainless steel hose braided Brembo M50 radial-mounted calipers on 310mm floating front discs. ABS braking system is offered as standard. The R edition also boasts of Ohlins S46DR1S rear shock with a remote pre-load adjuster and revised fork settings that will lend more refined and responsive handling according to the company. Additionally, the Z1000 R features an adjustable shift-up light which illuminates the rev counter.
The company has not divulged new power figures of the 2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R edition. The motorcycle will be powered by the same inline 4-cyl 1043cc, liquid-cooled engine, but the engineers worked on making it Euro 4 compliant. The mill in the current Z1000 develops 140bhp and 111Nm of torque while the 2017 models are expected to get slightly increased numbers.
2017 Kawasaki Z1000 R will be officially unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy in November and it will go on sale in January 2017 in the global markets. We expect further information to be released at EICMA, along with the new model’s full press kit – and hopefully a clearer indication of the future path that Kawasaki has in store for the Zed family.