Suzuki is planning to reveal an updated version of its GSX-S1000 platform later this month, although we don’t know many details beyond that tidbit.
Thanks to the YouTube teaser above, we know Suzuki will bring a new GSX-S1000 into the lineup on April 26. The introduction comes through Suzuki’s new Global Motorcycle Salon; it seems the days of expensive trade show intros are coming to an end.
What can we expect with the new bike? Unless Suzuki’s planning to build a naked bike around the V-Strom 1000 engine again (unlikely, but possible), we’ll probably see yet another liquid-cooled inline four engine, surrounded by questionably-styled bodywork. The current GSX-S1000 engine is a retuned version of the K5 GSX-R1000 four-cylinder. Suzuki could update that engine, to meet modern emissions standards. We could also see a later-generation Suzuki engine re-tuned for use in the S-series naked bikes.
Given the industry’s move to comprehensive electronics packages (leaning ABS, traction control, wheelie control, engine braking control, etc.), it seems likely the new S bike will have some of those features. Suzuki already includes basic electronics on the V-Strom 650 and has started putting the more advanced features on the V-Strom 1000; it would make sense to bring the GSX-S1000 more in-line with competing motorcycles.
Aside from that, you can get a few hints as to the styling changes in the video above—check out the new LED headlights, for example. No doubt we’ll see a fully-faired version of the bike as well as the naked version, as Suzuki did this with past versions of the S.