Saturday, September 23, 2006

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 shown at the Paris Motor Show

The 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7

Suzuki have revealed the 2007 GSX-R1000 at the Paris Motor Show in France. There’s a new dual-can exhaust system (necessitated due to new, more strict emissions norms) in place, probably because of which the bike has gained about seven kilos of weight.

The 1000cc inline-four engine’s bore and stroke remain the same – 73.4mm x 59mm, though Suzuki are claiming a significant increase in power over the 2006 model. Suzuki claim that aerodynamics have been improved, the chassis has been updated, and the big news on the 2007 GSX-R1000 is what’s being called traction control. This is a system where three different engine mapping configurations are available, and the rider can choose between these via a switch mounted on the handlebar. These settings are ‘standard,’ ‘sport,’ and ‘wet’ and will probably determine how aggressively the power is delivered to the rear wheel. In tricky conditions, the system could soften the power delivery, thereby reducing the chances of excessive wheelspin etc.

Other changes for 2007 include a new more compact 'Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve' fuel injection system, a new (larger) radiator for a ten percent increase in cooling capacity, and a new engine management system with massive computing power - up to four times the capacity of the previous models. There's also a new self-adjusting hydraulic clutch system, a revised chassis for better mass and a new, more rigid aluminum alloy swingarm. Suspension is more adjustable than ever before and a new electronically controlled steering damper has been fitted.

With the 2007 Yamaha R1, Honda CBR1000RR and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R also having been shown, it should be one hell of a battle all over again...

Go here to download hi-res Suzuki GSX-R1000 wallpaper!

Also see:

Evolution: Twenty years of the Suzuki GSX-R!

Watch a Fifth Gear video of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 vs a Westfield XTR4

The mighty Suzuki GSX-R1100 of the 1980s/1990s

The late, great, Suzuki Katana

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