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These images are very likely not of the hopefully-soon-to-be-released Suzuki GSX-R250 & GSX-R1000 sport bikes, as their purveyor, Japanese magazine Young Machine, has a fairly horrible track record with these sort of things…but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore them.

After all, here we see two very attractive offerings, which we hope the folks at Hamamatsu will take a long look at, as the Suzuki GSX-R1000 rendered here would be an attractive update to a name that was once the superbike to beat.

The rendering exercise from Young Machine also shows that a quarter-liter sport bike from Suzuki should be directly related to its liter-bike brethren, not only to strike the aspirational nerve of riders, but also to justify the added expense and limited return on the company’s superbike offering.

Of course, we would expect to see the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 draw more inspiration from the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP race bike, which features an inline-four engine with a crossplane crankshaft. Suzuki’s return to MotoGP, after all, is supposedly tied together with a return of the GSX-R platform.

Like the MotoGP project though, we hear the street project is still under development. Some rumors and patent fillings suggest that the new GSX-R is to have variable valves, traction control, and 200hp on tap, all in time for the 2016 model year.

There’s one glitch with that rumor though: Suzuki, by far the most adversely affected Japanese manufacturer during the recent recession, is also said to be unable afford/justify the expensive of the tooling for low-volume models like the GSX-R line.

This means the company will have to invest wisely in its new model developments, likely prioritizing high-volume machines over low-volume machines. In the competitive superbike landscape, a model like the new GSX-R1000 is a very dangerous gamble for a company with limited funds and who is in a precarious financial position.

As we’re fond of saying, time will tell how all these rumors play out. Until then, we can rely on the creativity of others to fuel our speculative fires. Or, we can just keep on making stories up.

Source: Young Machine via IAMABIKER

  • Damn

    i hope its not. the gsxr looks twice as big as their old gsxr.!

  • Robert Kwolek

    I find it hard to believe Suzuki can’t justify investing in this platform, considering that the GSX-R line is a strong seller even now, despite the age of the offering. A new model would undoubtedly be a top seller, especially considering they’re always a bit cheaper than the competition.

  • n/a

    They just put a Panigale fairing on it…

  • BRNDNGRSSTCK

    That is Ducati Panigale lights meets current GSX-R. The sides aren’t even modified. Interesting looking, but I bet the new gixer will be a ton slimmer and better looking

  • grahluk

    Funny the Panigale face is mentioned. Ducati seems to continue to lead the styling trends of sport streetbikes. The 916 integrated dual “eyes” headlights into the bodywork lines where before it was either single headlights or dual spotlights peeking through cutouts in the fairing (GSXR, RC30, FZR, etc). A trend most followed to this day. The underseat exhaust was almost a trademark of Ducati for many years (I know The NR got there first but that was basically a concept bike for sale) that most manufacturers followed on with for a while. The Panigale gave the sportbike face another makeover by slimming down the headlights and almost burying them in the inlet ducts. The new R1 sports their goofy take on that and now these GSXR photoshop teasers continue the trend. Always interesting to see where these things go. If you want to see what your Japanese sportbike will look like in 5-7 years look at a Ducati now.

  • grahluk

    I imagine Suzuki, like Honda will have to bite the bullet to invest & tool up for new SBK and SSP platforms. Kawasaki has, Yamaha has. It’s getting very soon to the put up or shut up point on the GSXR and CBR. Another year at most. At some point their current sales floor models will not move at all against the ZX, R1, and a host of euro tech sport bikes that have figured out how to compete on reliability and MSRP. Honda & Suzuki will have to decide to abandon the sport bike market altogether or introduce something new. My vote is that as much as a risk as it may be there will be a new GSXR with all the bells, whistles, and menacing looks as the rest. They will just stretch out that investment longer. We may be seeing 8-10 year major redesigns rather than the 2 year cycle we were spoiled with in the 90’s and early aughts.

  • Bruce Steever

    Strong seller… where? Maybe in a few high-dollar western countries, but worldwide? Big fat nope.

  • Robert Kwolek

    By worldwide standards no bike over 500cc is a great seller, but there was a time not too long ago that the GSX-R line were the most popular sport bikes. No reason that can’t be true again but right now you can’t expect them to be outselling brand new bikes with designs that are unchanged since 2007.

  • Bruce Steever

    Rest assured, i “get it.” I was working with Suzuki from ’02 – ’07, and later directly at the OEM. I remember fondly when GSX-Rs sold themselves.

    But you’re getting your cart and horse mixed up. There’s little ROI to be had by investing in a bike platform that isn’t going to sell huge numbers. That’s the point.

    Also, the GSX-R1000 got a much needed update in ’12 (although, truth be told, the base platform was getting on a bit). And the 600/750 were redone in ’11. Hardly the oldest supersports on the market…

  • Jack Meoph

    Bringing a 250cc bike into a market that has already moved on to 300cc (in the western world at least) is idiocy. I do hope that the 300cc market stays though. I love my 250r, and if I do get another small displacement bike it will be a 300.

  • carboncanyon

    I’d go further in stating the Honda NR750 ‘s influence on the 916; it also had the dual “eyes”, single-sided swingarm, and hourglass shape (top view).

  • Ayabe

    A good bit of that was due to the 0% offers to anyone with a pulse.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    I learned to ride in Florida in 2007. GSXRs everywhere!

  • Alclab Ventek

    Those are some really nice renders! You’re right Jensen, Suzuki should be paying attention. They undoubtedly need to refresh the GSXR line, if not just on the asthethics department. Truth be told though, they’re still GREAT sportbikes. Motojournalists love to point out the flaws and compare them, and generally tend to favor the new bikes (probably with reason), but I just bought a 2015 GSX-R750 and couldn’t be happier. If you’re not looking for a 1000cc Superbike, The Suzuki is still pretty damm good and even more so when you consider the price. Where I live the only thing remotely close on the Supersport category is the (even older) R6, which is not as good for the streets, and the CBR (which had a minor refresh but it’s essentially the same old bike), I was left choosing between Kawasaki (which are sold from an importer where I live) whose ZX-6R is MORE expensive than an 899 Panigale. For me, the decision was a no-brainer, add to that the street comfort, the reliability, and the extra juice from the 750 and you have a winner, even if there are better bikes on the looks department.
    If Suzuki bring out something like this soon, I might be looking for an upgrade and go for the 1000.

  • Bold new graphics, an update is not…

    I know there are differences between the K7 & K8, but honestly it wasn’t enough, and it certainly wasn’t communicated/marketed to the consumers well enough.

    Far too little, way too late.

  • Chris Gagnon

    Those front ends are not ugly enough to be suzukis! Suzuki just LOVES dumbass batman headlights and bulging hayabusa curves.

  • Ur Momma

    Not everything Suzuki does is destined for the US market. 250s and 400s are still big sellers in Japan due to their licensing regime.

  • paulus

    250cc is still needed for many countries… a 300cc version is just a small engineering step up. Easy and economical.

  • paulus

    I am a ‘busa’ fan, but I have to agree with you… Suzuki’s always look like the rear end has filled it’s diaper (nappy)

  • Jack Meoph

    For the Ninjette, it was stroke the engine and add the EFI that Europe already had. Yeah, change the body work etc. But the 300 is essentially the 250. And if Suzuki brings a 250 to the US, it will fail.

  • Sentinel

    If they don’t get some entirely new and much better leadership at the company and soon, I could see them going belly-up before long. They just can’t do a damn thing right anymore.

  • Jonn Dol

    I think there’s nothing wrong with 8-10 years ( very long) product cycle for the Japanese superbikes , provided their bikes are a work of art with excellent performance – history shows this could be done , refer to the Ducati 916 lineage..

  • H.T.V. Blu

    The licensing to which you refer ended in 1999. There is no taxation benefit to buying a 400cc machine whatsoever.

  • Ur Momma

    There are four classes of motorized two-wheeled vehicles in Japan, with different licensing requirements, rules, and such. The classes are demarcated by engine size. 50cc limit = gentsuki. 50cc to 125cc limit = KOGATA. 125cc – 400cc = CHUUGATA. 400cc and over = OGATA.

  • PeterPanOne

    Need 4cylinder 20,000rpm screamers please! enough with the fairing wrapped dirt bikes now

  • Fat Owens Fat

    YM has a horrible track record? Weren’t they the first to leak news of the CBR 500 series, 400 series, the R25/R3 and more?

  • Fat Owens Fat

    silly rabbit, is that why Honda sells the 400R/F/X instead of the 500R/F/X in Japan? Is that why Yamaha and Kawasaki and Honda sell their 250cc sport bikes instead of their 300cc versions?