As we predicted, Suzuki has debuted a new Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike at the EICMA show, though before you get your hopes too high, we should preface that the model is actually the Suzuki GSX-R1000 concept.
Suzuki clearly isn’t ready to bring the GSX-R1000 to market in-time for the 2016 model year, and our sources tell us that the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Concept will in fact be the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000, which will debut in the second half of 2016.
That being said, the news is an exciting development from Suzuki, which says that the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the lightest and most powerful superbike ever from the Japanese manufacturer. To our eye, it looks to be the most advanced as well.
Suzuki says that the new GSX-R1000 will feature a liter-class engine with variable valve timing (VVT), which will also have a 10-level traction control system, launch control, three different riding modes (likely thru a ride-by-wire system), as well as a quick-shifter that allows for seamless upshifts and downshifts.
Suzuki has also developed a new system that it is calling “Broad Power System”, which appears to be a variable pipe connection attached between the headers. This likely helps Suzuki tune the exhaust for more power throughout the rev-range.
Suspension will be done by Showa, with “balance free” forks up front, and a “balance free rear cushion” rear shock in the back. Other details are pretty scarce at this point, likely as Suzuki is still finalizing the production version of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
We do think that Suzuki has done a proper job with the styling on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Concept, and clearly the Japanese company is trying to make ties back to its MotoGP racing effort, with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.