2017 Suzuki GSX R1000 and 2017 Suzuki GSX R1000R feature loads of advanced high-end superbike technologies; make 199 hp from a new 999.8 cc engine
Suzuki strengthened its GSX family with the reveal of new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000, GSX-S750 and GSX-R125 at the Intermot Show late last year. Today, the sixth generation of the high-end GSX-R1000 and its derivative GSX-R1000R have been launched in the India market. The former carries a price tag of Rs. 19 lakh while the latter comes priced Rs. 3 lakh costlier at Rs. 22 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The Japanese manufacturer’s GSX series is highly reputed worldwide and the motorcycles in the GSX-R lineup alone has registered one million units of sales in the last three decades. The GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R hope to capitalise on the global success in India as well. Suzuki states that both the models are completely new with a smaller and lighter engine tuned to deliver broader and increased power range.
The GSX-R1000 was unveiled as a concept last year before the production version flaunted at the show floor of Intermot show in Cologne. The new GSX-R1000 has been made available in two versions globally. Boasted as the most powerful, hard-accelerating and emission-friendly GSX-R ever, it’s also said to be the most compact, aerodynamic efficient and top-handling GSX-R1000. The GSX-R1000 has an all-new 999.8 cc, DOHC, inline-four motor which is good enough to develop a mammoth 199.27 horsepower at 14,500 rpm and 117.5 Nm of peak torque.
The engine is 6.6 mm narrower and 22.2 mm shorter and pivoted 6 degrees backwards for better top-end performance without sacrificing the middle and lower range. It has higher compression ratio, longer bore, shorter stroke and gained another 1,000 rpm. It uses Broad Power System derived from MotoGP with Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing, a finger follower valve train system, ride-by-wire electronic throttle bodies and Suzuki Exhaust Tuning Alpha system.
Other notable features in the GSX-R1000 are a newly developed chassis, Showa Big Piston Forks, Brembo monoblock front caliper and Bridgestone RS10 Radial Tyres. The full-faired premium supersbike also comes equipped with advanced technologies like motion track braking system with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), LED headlights and full LCD instrument cluster. It competes against some sturdy rivals like the BMW S1000RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Yamaha YZF-R1 and Aprilia RSV4.
Although the GSX-S750 and GSX-R125 are not available here it is important to know their presence in the GSX brotherhood. With the new GSX-R125, Suzuki said during the global debut that it managed to master the best power-to-weight ratio, torque-to-weight ratio and acceleration alongside fuel economy in the entry-level sporty 125 class because of the new 124.4cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC four-valve single cylinder engine.
Focussed on the young riders seeking first-time sporty motorcycle, the GSX-R125 has an entirely appealing styling while the 112.6 hp GSX-S750 replaced the GSR750 with a retuned inline-four engine and featured plenty of highly advanced safety and assistance technologies.