Suzuki unveiled the all-new GSX-R1000 terming it as The King of Superbikes at INTERMOT in October last year. Available in two versions, GSX-R1000 and the premium GSX-R1000R, they have incorporated learnings from their stint at MotoGP, where they recently won their first race. Let us quickly tell you what do these liter class flagships pack…
From the concept form of last year’s display model, to the production ready state, the motorcycle has evolved to a new realm. And at the same time it stays true to its ethos keeping practicality, usability, mechanical simplicity and rideability as close to the family tradition as possible as claimed by the Japanese motorcycle maker.
2017 GSX-R1000 Changes & Features
- The 999.8 cc in-line four pot motor adopts a new mechanism called Broad Power Spectrum. It essentially tries to strike a balance between an enhanced output at higher revs and low to mid speed range.
- The Broad Power System is borrowed from the MotoGP team and consists of 4 systems – Intake VVT (variable valve timing), Electronic throttle body, Valve train system and Exhaust pressure tuning valve.
- Most VVT engines have half the mill working till a particular rev range is reached, but Suzuki claims a balance between a torquey launch and power packed peak.
- The maximum power output is a healthy 202 PS at 13,200 rpm, making it the most powerful GSX ever. The peak torque it produced is 120.31 Nm.
- The new ride-by-wire throttle bodies and top-feed injectors, located on top of the air box help in boosting the peak power and allows more efficient combustion and precise fuelling control. The servo-operated exhaust valves in the exhaust balance tubes remain closed in the low and midrange and open at higher revs to increase top end power, without compromising on the low-midrange!
- The cylinder block incline angle is moved backwards by 6 degrees, reducing the engine length by 22.2 mm, the benefits of which are increased front-end feel and bettered stability.
- A redesigned slipper clutch for easier deceleration and a lighter lever pull has also been brought in, along with a new cooling system with a high-efficiency curved radiator and dual electric fans.
- The new traction control system uses six sensors and the IMU to control the throttle valve opening to optimise traction in each mode. Signals from the front and rear wheel speed sensors, gear position sensor, crank position sensor, throttle grip and throttle valve position sensors, and the machine’s IMU are fed to the ECU which alter ignition timing and control the throttle input when the rear wheel loses traction. Oh, did we tell you that you can fiddle around with 10 modes?
- While the test riders at Suzuki did try semi-active suspension setup, but due to lack of noticeable benefit, they decided to stick with Balance Free Fork and Balance Free Cushion shock for the GSX-R1000R, while the standard bike gets the Big Piston Fork and matching shock.
- The frame and sub-frame are both a kilo lighter than the outgoing version.
- The GSX-R1000R gets launch control and a bidirectional quick shifter, Bi-directional quick shifter, Lean ABS and LED Position lights. It also sports better rubber.
Apart from the changes mentioned above, the wind tunnel tested motorcycle gets LEDs all around. The tank gets a lower profile than the outgoing version so that the rider can tuck himself under the wind deflector. You also get a new LCD instrumentation console with a wide range of figures.
2017 GSX-R1000 Price
|2017 GSX-R1000||Rs 19.0 Lakh|
|2017 GSX-R1000R||Rs 22.0 Lakh|
*both prices ex-showroom Delhi
The GSX-R1000 is available in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Mat Black colour whereas the GSX-R1000R will come in Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black colour option.
GSX-R1000 has sold more than 1 million units in the world in three decades. This is the sixth generation the motorcycle is in.