Sunday, September 02, 2007

Suzuki Stratosphere 1100 to be launched in 2009


A video of the Suzuki Stratosphere in action!

In addition to its 1100cc, six-cylinder engine, the Suzuki Stratosphere will be packed with various high-tech bits. Should be awesome when it comes out in 2009!

Remember the wild old Suzuki Katana 1100 from the early-1980s? Suzuki certainly do, which is probably why they showed the Stratosphere concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. In spirit and in style, the Stratosphere seemed to be the modern-day equivalent of the original Katana. And the best part is, though it’s taken some time for Suzuki to make up their minds, it now seems they’ve decided to put the bike into production. Expect the Stratosphere to hit the roads by 2009!

The Stratosphere will be powered by Suzuki’s all-new, 1100cc, inline six-cylinder engine, which we think should easily make close to 200 horsepower. Suzuki say this engine is exceptionally smooth, yet as compact as four-cylinder engines of the same displacement.

The bike will also get an automatic gearbox, but one that would also allow the rider to shift gears manually if he wants to. From auto mode, the system will automatically shift to manual mode if the rider uses the clutch. There’ll also be other hi-tech bits like keyless start, colour LCD display panel, LED headlamps, GPS and advanced anti-theft features.

Like other sportsbikes with six-cylinder engines – the Honda CBX, Benelli Sei and Kawasaki Z1300 of the 1980s – the Suzuki Stratosphere 1100 should be able to offer great straight-line performance. And given today’s tyre, chassis and suspension technologies, it should also be able to handle well and corner like a proper sportsbike. Bring it on, Suzuki!


Can the V-Max and B-King stand up to this?

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Awesome: The original, 1980s Suzuki Katana
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Sizzler: The 2007 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000

10 comments:

Bram said...

Wow! I did not see that one coming. Who would have thought that we would see another 6-cylinder? The Z1300 and CBX1000 are legendary, and now Suzuki can have its own 6 cylinder legend.

With all the new tech that goes into the bike, like the automatic gearbox, I'm pretty sure that if it will come to the market, it will be prohibitively expensive. So expect to pay through the nose. I think it's gonna be at least twice the price of a Hayabusa.

Anonymous said...

forget the GSX-R1000, THIS is the Suzuki I want! please suz, bring it out soon... :-))

Max said...

after the six-cylinder machines of the 1970s and 80s - the Honda CBX1000, Kawasaki Z1300 and Benelli Sei - this could be the next level in six-cylinder sportsbikes. It's an amazing, awesome machine. I really hope Suzuki put this bike into production by 2009.

Anonymous said...

B-KING IS UGLY!!! THIS IS JUST BEATIFUL AND UNIQUE!

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping it comes out, but so far I haven't been to encouraged by other comments I've read here and there. I wish someone had some definitive info as I am holding off on a purchase because of this.

cbxtreeme said...

I have a 79 CBX, a 82 Katana, and a 02 Hayabusa. I would seriously consider trading them all in for this bike, as it represents the best of those three bikes,............ six cylinders, timeless style, and incredible power and handling. I gave up dreaming about this bike some time ago, but it sounds like it could become reality. A dream come true, the first new bike in ten years of searching that is without question, mechanical art. It has character, without looking like a character.

macky said...

this is crazy.after the 82 katana this is the ultimate ride.

Kurt said...

Dear Suzuki Motors:
If you are listening, this looks like a great bike with a gorgeous motor, please offer it as a option without the hideous yellow/orange seat and the "rad" Katana fairing. Tubular handlebars would also not be as "cool", but would allow me to change them to suit my needs. Clip-ons are great only for the folks that have the wrists and backs of 12 year olds. 90% of my riding is done in town below 50mph so i don't need the clip ons and fairing. Sell the Stratosphere as is to the wanna be "bad boy" racer types, but offer a realistic roadster option for others and it is likely you will greatly widen the appeal and hence the sales of the fruit of your effort. Color options ( red!)and hidden mount, easy on/off hard bags would also be nice options. I currently ride a 1978 gs1000c because it's pretty and is one of the greatest all-around bikes ever( and i've owned a lot of different big bikes and can afford what i want and i still ride your 31 year old roadster). I might be convinced to switch to a Stratosphere if given these options, which would be inexpensive for you to offer. I have cash. Thanks, Kurt

Anonymous said...

Don't like the style looks like a big futuristic seating sofa

Anonymous said...

If Raymond Loewe, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, or Rembrandt were alive today and all were commissioned to collaborate on painting, sculpting, engineering and building a motorcycle masterpiece, the Suzuki 'STRATOSPHERE' would be the ultimate result! The 'Strat' is ride-able art on wheels!

Build it, Suzuki (as only YOUR illustrious engineers can), don't change ANYTHING but the COLOR and the world will beat a path to your door!

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