Suzuki has launched the 2017 GSX-R1000 in India at Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The litre-class superbike is also available in a higher-spec performance-focussed version called the GSX-R1000R, priced at Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Currently in its sixth generation, the 2017 GSX-R1000 is the lightest, fastest and most advanced iteration of the GSX-R litre-class superbike. It boasts of a new design philosophy and technology derived from Suzuki MotoGP race machines, to bring it on par with the current crop of superbikes. The redesigned fairing features LED lamps and triangular air-scoops to give it an aggressive look, along with improving the aerodynamics.
Powering the GSX-R1000 is a 1000cc inline-four engine, which delivers 197bhp and 117Nm of torque through a six-speed gearbox. The engine has been bestowed with variable valve timing, to improve the torque delivery across the rev range. Electronics include ten-level traction control, ABS and a six-axis IMU.
The GSX-R1000 rides on Showa Big Piston Forks and rear monoshock and Bridgestone RS10 radial tyres. Braking duties are performed by a Brembo monoblock setup at the front and a Nissin setup at the rear. For the additional Rs 3 lakh, Suzuki is offering the GSX-R1000R with a bi-directional quickshifter, launch control, a lightweight top triple clamp and a lightweight battery.
The GSX-R1000 is available in metallic blue and matte black, while customers of the GSX-R1000R can opt for metallic blue and sparkle black paint schemes. It competes with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Yamaha YZF-R1, BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4-RR and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.