Suzuki has launched the updated version of its litre-class offering, the GSX-R1000, in India. It was first shown at the Intermot show in Cologne last year. The Japanese superbike manufacturer had already started accepting bookings for a token amount of Rs 2-3 lakh, whereas the deliveries of the same is expected to begin in June. The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is priced at Rs 19 lakh, whereas its more aggressive GSX-R1000R twin is priced at Rs 22 lakh, ex-Delhi.
The new GSX-R1000 is powered by an all-new 999.8cc motor that makes 199PS/117Nm and it fitted in an all-new lightweight aluminium frame. The revamped motor features variable valve timing system which is a MotoGP tech that claims to offer an impressive midrange as well as a stronger peak output. It is said that the new GSX-R1000 gets the most comprehensive update since the time of its inception.
A new frame underpins the superbike that is narrower for better aerodynamics and is also 10 per cent lighter which we believe will offer impressive results while cornering at higher speeds, making it more agile than before. It also gets a new traction control system that uses a six-direction/three-axis IMU. Suzuki offers ABS as standard on the 2017 GSX-R1000.
The track-centric 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R gets cornering ABS as well as launch control, making it the first Suzuki to get one. In addition, the R gets quick shift system and Showa balance-free front fork and balance-free rear cushion lite shock. Suzuki claims that the BFRC-lite shocks absorb undulations offered by bumpy surfaces. This makes the bike feel more responsive than before.
Suzuki states that the GSX-R1000 comes with LED headlight, taillight and all-LCD instrumentation, whereas the GSX-R1000R comes equipped with bi-directional quick shifter, lean ABS and LED position lights. Here is a spec comparison between the new GSX-R1000 and all the inline-4 litre-class bikes available in India today.