MOST POWERFUL GSX-R YET: The sixth-generation of the legendary R line Suzuki's GSX-R1000 will reach SA in 2016. Image: Motorpress
Milan, Italy - Suzuki is set to launch its Suzuki GSX-R1000, sixth-generation of the legendary R line, later in 2016.
The latest version of the legendary sportsbike was unveiled at the 2015 Eicma Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. 15 years after the arrival of the first GSX-R1000 that changed the open sportsbike class.
According to Suzuki: "The 2016 racer is not only the lightest, most compact and cleanest-running GSX-R ever built, but thanks to its unique VVT-I technology ? the first in the world to be used in a superbike ? it is also the most powerful and hardest-accelerating in the proud 30-year history of the GSX-R."
Most powerful GSX-R yet
New from the ground up, most of the major parts and components of the redesigned GSX-R1000 are refined, reworked and improved.
The heart of the new R1000, with its new variable valve timing, makes it the most powerful GSX-R engine yet with increased top speed, optimised dimensions to improve cornering and handling, and increased performance and rideability with the help of MotoGP derived racing technology.
The new chassis is the most compact GSX-R1000 chassis yet. The new bike has retained its unique R styling. It has LEDs, the
Stuart Baker, national sales manager for Suzuki Motorcycles: "We are extremely excited that the new GSX-R1000 will arrive on our shores before the end of next year."
"Suzuki Motorcycles had an excellent 2015 to date with monthly sales around the 200 unit mark, which increased our market share to over 10% from 5.8% in January.
“After introducing our small bike range earlier in the year, we are happy to move our focus slightly to the bigger toys. The Suzuki Motor Corporation has now started with the bigger model upgrades, which will help us maintain the growth.”