After a year of anticipation, Suzuki has officially released their all-new GSX-R1000 superbike.
The new Gixxer Thou was teased at EICMA last year, but details were slim. Now, we know all. Or almost all, thanks to Suzuki releasing a tsunami of information on the bike on their website, at the same time as its debut.
The important deets: There will be two versions of the machine, the GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R (a limited-production version with high-spec components). The motor is rated for just over 199 hp and just under 88 lb-ft of torque, with four titanium valves per cylinder, chrome-moly con rods, and a variable valve timing system intended to produce stronger power delivery through the entire rev range.
The cylinders are now on a 26-degree angle, instead of 32-degree, to improve handling.
The GSX-R1000 has a 200 kg curb weight, 202 kg with ABS (optional in some markets, standard in others). The GSX-R1000R has a 203 kg curb weight.
The GSX-R1000 also has an advanced electronic rider aid system, with six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. The upscale GSX-R1000R also gets a quickshifter that allows clutchless gear changes. Both models get three engine power delivery modes to choose from, as well as 10-level traction control. A low-RPM assist mode means the bike is easier to ride in traffic, and there’s a launch control feature for those who want that assistance on-track.
The new twin-spar aluminum frame is said to be 10 per cent lighter than the previous version; it’s welded together from four sections. It’s wider at the rear engine mounts to reduce vibration, and the rear shock mount has been moved to allow race mechanics to bolt on a larger fuel tank more easily — a big advantage in endurance racing, where Suzuki is king.
Suspension for both models is by Showa; the base model gets Big Piston forks, and the GSXR-1000R gets Balance Free forks, with Balance Free rear shock as well.
The new Gixxers get LED lighting all around, and Bridgestone RS tires. They have 320 mm brake discs up front (Brembo), with monobloc, radially-mounted calipers. There’s a 220 mm disc in rear, with Nissin caliper.
We’ve included a spec sheet for the GSX-R1000 in the photo gallery, but you can find more details at Suzuki’s website here.
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