Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 revealed, gets a new engine with variable valve timing, and a host of electronics

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Yes, that's the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000, which gets a new 999cc inline-four, with VVT, and a host of electronics like ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire and others. Should be a fabulous machine...

Suzuki are calling it a next-generation GSX-R “concept,” but the bike you see here is of course the next production-spec GSX-R1000, and we’re sure it’ll be in Suzuki showrooms worldwide by mid-2016. With this bike, Suzuki want to claim the title of “the King of sportsbikes,” and say that it’s the “most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built. It is also the lightest, the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000 ever.”

Suzuki say that the 2017 GSX-R1000 is equipped with an advanced electronic engine management system which will optimize power delivery and performance at all engine RPMs, yet retaining the company’s endurance race-proven durability and reliability. The new GSX-R1000’s chassis, too, is the lightest and most compact ever, with revised geometry for improved agility and high-speed stability. And as you’d expect, the 2017 GSX-R1000 will be loaded with technology, including ABS, 10-stage traction control, three riding modes, launch-control system, quick-shifter, ride-by-wire throttle, colour LCD instrumentation and LED headlamp etc.

Regarding the bike’s styling, Suzuki say they’ve kept the GSX-R’s identity, but with sleeker, more aerodynamic bodywork and MotoGP-derived shapes and colours. We’re not too sure about that though – the styling looks pretty similar to the current GSX-R1000’s lines, which is all too familiar and a bit dated. For what it’s worth, Suzuki claim that the new GSX-R1000’s bodywork has a smaller frontal projected area compared to the 2016 model and offers reduced ‘lift’ at high speeds.
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