After unveiling the concept model of its next-gen litre-class supersport long back, Suzuki has finally unveiled its production model -- the 2017 GSX-R1000 -- at the INTERMOT fair in Cologne, Germany. Though the bike gets a completely new styling, it looks much inspired by the existing model, with the sleek LED headlight being the only noticeable change. It is expected to be launched in the international market during the first quarter of 2017 and will be available in two trims -- Standard and GSX-R1000R.
The most interesting update of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the Variable Valve Timing (VVT), which is a first-in-class feature. It is a mechanical-type VVT system that was indigenously designed by Suzuki themselves for their MotoGP bike. Along with the good mid-range performance, the system helps to add a liveliness to the top-end power delivery. The bike continues to use the same 999cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four motor, however, it has been reworked to meet the Euro-4 emission norms and deliver more power. Suzuki claims that the retuned engine develops 202PS of power at 13,200rpm and a peak torque of 117.6Nm at 10,800rpm.
Other updates of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 include new Showa suspension set-up, while the GSX-R1000R gets Showa Balance Free Fork with Balance Free Cushion shock. The new frame loses almost a kilogram of weight and the new wheels are also lighter, resulting in 10 per cent weight reduction. Moreover, the R version of the bike runs on race-spec Bridgestone RS10 rubber for excellent grip.
The electronic package of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has also been updated with advanced features including a six-axis IMU controlling a 10-level traction control system, Motion Track Brake System, stoppie control system, three riding modes and cornering ABS. Furthermore, the GSX-R1000R adds a launch control system and a quick shift system to the list. We can expect this updated litre-class Gixxer to arrive on Indian shores by mid-2017.