Suzuki will take a massive step forward with the 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000. 30-years after Suzuki established a new sportsbike standard with the now iconic GSX-R750, they look set to reach another milestone in the development of sportsbikes with their 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Rumors from Japan have pointed to a new motorcycle being in development for some time, but some in the motorcycle press are now certain that key patent applications claiming to detail elements of Suzuki's GSX-RR MotoGP bike actually relate to what will become the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7.
A decade has passed since Suzuki released the now legendary GSX-R1000 K5, which achieved an unprecedented balance between road and track ability. And all the rhetoric from the factory suggests that the firm is no less committed to this delicate balancing act today. At the heart of the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 will be a revolutionary new engine boasting variable valve timing – a first on a pure superbike. Patents confirm the system is no clone of other firms' VVT efforts, but uses a variable inlet valve timing and lift system, featuring an intake camshaft with multiple cam profiles. The cam profiles are altered by sliding the lobes sideways along the shaft itself, enabling the engine to react to rpm and rider input, delivering optimal power and torque throughout the rev range.
This isn't a ploy to detract from a lack of power either. Indications suggest the new engine will produce around 200 horsepower. It will probably not go over 200 horsepower due to a 'gentleman's agreement' between the big four Japanese manufacturers (although Kawasaki broke the rules with their Ninja H2).
Rather than join Kawasaki in busting the 200 horsepower ceiling, Suzuki are more likely to chase improvements in overall balance by reducing the kerb weight to under 200 kilograms, sticking to the GSX-R1000 K5's ethos of developing the best handling superbike on the market.
Electronic aids are certain to get a boost. Bosch's 'cornering ABS' system is almost guaranteed, while Suzuki have long championed rider modes, and are sure to increase the range and remit of these to work with the new VVT engine. With the V-Strom 1000 and new GSX-S1000 dueo sporting traction control, it's certain that an evolved package – most likely developed on the MotoGP bike – will make its way on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7.
What is less clear is whether Suzuki will pursue semi-active suspension or Bosch's Inertial Measurement Unit (already in use on the new Yamaha YZF-R1 and Ducati 1299 Panigale). Suzuki's mantras of affordability and inherent handling stability seem to suggest engineering excellence is preferred over electronic intervention.Tag: SuzukiGSX-R10001000ccInline-FourSportsbike2016MotoGP