2021 Hayabusa makes a comeback after skipping the complete Euro-4 era. But it now looks a lot fresher and gains new tech…
It was a sad day in 2018 for motorcycling enthusiasts, when Suzuki announced the end of production of the Hayabusa after its two-decades reign. But now, the company has brought the superbike back to life and it is better than ever before.
Suzuki was forced to discontinue the motorcycle when the Euro-4 emission norms kicked in, as the ‘Busa’ was only compliant with Euro-3 norms. But now, after skipping the older norms, the mothership is back complying to the latest Euro-5 emissions.
After considering to use a six-cylinder engine, the company has decided to continue with the same 1340 cc, four-cylinder motor with design roots in the original 1999 model. In order to become compliant with the stricter norms, the engine has seen a drop in power and torque figures.
The motor now produces 188 hp at 9700 rpm and 110.6 lbft (150 Nm) at 7000 rpm, as against the previous 195 hp and 113.6 lbft (154 Nm). The top speed of the bike is electronically limited to a whopping 186 mph. That is equal to 299 kmph! Apart from that, the bike retains the frame of the older model, which should still be pretty good despite its age.
The body panels of the new Hayabusa have not gotten sleeker, and the twin exhaust outlets are now chrome finished and are longer. It also gets newly designed LED headlamp and the fairing is more aerodynamically efficient.
The Busa now gets a new fuel-tank with 20-liter capacity, and a tall windscreen. The instrument cluster is all new as well, and comes with a large central MID. Other features include traction control, cornering ABS, quick-shifter, wheelie control, riding modes, hill-assist, etc.
The 2021 Hayabusa will be offered in different color options, including Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Burnt Gold, Metallic Mat Sword Silver/Candy Darling Red, and Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Mat Stellar Blue.
The new Busa will go on sale in Europe soon. And there definitely is a possibility of the sports tourer coming to our shores. When? We have no word yet!