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.

For the 2017 GSX-R1000, Suzuki claim to have developed an all-new 999cc DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled fuel-injected inline-four, which uses variable valve timing (VVT) for increased high-rpm power delivery, without compromising on low- and mid-range power. The aluminium beam frame is all new, along with Showa “balance free fork” (BFF) at front, and Showa “balance free rear cushion” (BFRC) suspension at the back. We don’t know what’s with the “balance free,” but both ends are supposed to reduce unsprung mass and have high-tech internals, for vastly improved handling.

So, with a new engine, suspension, bodywork and a host of advanced electronics, maybe the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 really will be everything that Suzuki and GSX-R fans have been waiting for. Let’s see. Time will tell.

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