XXX: The 2016 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Race Bike

02/01/2016 @ 8:46 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

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These are the first images of the 2016 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP race bike from the Japanese manufacturer, the same machine that is currently lapping around the Sepang International Circuit this week for MotoGP’s first official test of 2016.

As you can see, not much has changed visually, though obviously a lot of the development has occurred beneath the fairings of the Suzuki GSX-RR. What we can see though are subtle changes to the twin-spar aluminum frame, which has now been completely filled in on both sides.

Also, there is a new and modified air ducts on the side fairings, likely for extra cooling – on the left side, it’s near the top of the bike, while on the right side, the lower ducts has been enlarged to expose the exhaust header more. The shape of the exhaust has also changed, making for a more sweeping design.

Of course, the big news for Suzuki’s MotoGP program is the addition of a seamless gearbox. For now, Suzuki’s seamlesss gearbox only does seamless upshifts, but it is likely before the season starts that seamless downshifting will be added to the design.

The gearbox was a top-request from riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, as was additional power. Early indications from Sepang seem to suggest that the Suzuki riders team will have a little bit more juice on tap for the 2016 season as well.

Super high-resolution shots are after the jump. We expect Suzuki to release more photos (hopefully of its other rider) in the coming weeks.

Technical Specifications of the 2016 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Race Bike:

Overall length x width x height: 2,096mm x 720mm x 1,140mm.
Wheelbase: 1,457mm .
Engine type: Water-cooled, four-stroke in-line four-cylinder, DOHC four-valve.
Displacement: 1,000cm3.
Maximum output: Over 169kw (230PS).
Maximum speed: Over 330km/h .
Gearbox: Six-speed (cassette type).
Frame type: Twin-spar Aluminum.
Tyres (front/ rear): 17in/17in.
Front suspension: Öhlins, inverted fork.
Rear suspension: Öhlins.
Brakes (front/ rear): Carbon disk/ steel disk, Brembo.

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Source: Suzuki Racing

  • jvp114

    I hope Suzuki accelerated their R&D during the offseason that would enable their riders to climb up to par with Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati. The fact that they have a future alien in Maverick Vinales indicates they intend to climb back up to the pinnacle of GP racing.

  • Shawn Kitchen

    I thought the gearbox was seamless upshifts, with downshifts to come at Phillip Island?

  • Right you are.

  • n/a

    Aren’t those dudes on 17 inch wheels now?

  • They are, looks like Suzuki didn’t get the memo though.

  • Anteater

    Its a conundrum that Suzuki can build a 1000cc inline 4 as pretty as this yet the new GSXR is just another half hearted attempt to tweak the K5……….

  • 314Daws

    That new frame seems to have a lot of gravel rash on it. Aside from the visible frame number it doesn’t look that much different to the ones they used at Phillip island as shown in Scott Jones’ images from pitlane – http://photo.gp/2015/10/20/motogp-technology-phillip-island-update/2/

  • Mitchel Durnell

    ….. the tires do say 17 on them though????

  • motobyte

    Any more news on Suzuki’s VVT system?

  • It’s really hard to fit a 17″ tire to a 16.5″ wheel, lol. Honestly, I think Suzuki just copy/pasted last years specs, and I didn’t catch it either.

  • Alclab

    As a GSX-R rider I’m really hoping Suzuki brings the much needed updates this year and we finally start to see podiums. They have a great pair of riders and Viñales may very well become a new alien. Damn marketers got me!

  • Tavi Ruth

    how hard would it have been to make the 2017 gsxr 1000 look similar to the gsx-rr?
    you could probably place the 08 gsxr600rr fairing on that gsx-rr.