Unchanged from 2012 (revision of 2009), the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 must change radically from next year. According to the British magazine MCN, Suzuki’s flagship will even receive a variable valve timing system, such as Ducati Multistrada.
There were already precedents in the world of motorcycle regarding variable valve engines, such as VTEC Honda, but Ducati went one step further with a more evolved interpretation. This is achieved with a system of independently controlled variable valve timing on both camshafts, intake and exhaust designed to improve engine performance throughout the rev range and under all conditions, ensuring maximum power at high speeds, one fluid delivery, maximum torque at low rpm and in addition to complying with the Euro 4 emissions regulations consumption.
It is too early to know whether the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 2016 will receive a variable distribution, but at least it will certainly receive a series of electronic driving aids.
With the Honda CBR1000RR, the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 is in fact the only Japanese sports bike away from the benefits of traction control and anti-wheelie. Ironically, both bikes have a “free pass” in World Superbike, which allows them to use a type of electronic throttle-by-wire ride and it can be much closer to its competitors. In short, Suzuki with its excellent traction control of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Suzuki 1000 GSX-S have extensive experience in electronics with its return to MotoGP, so it has no excuse for not to incorporate it. Also bet on the arrival of an adjustable ABS, a semiautomatic change and why not real-time adjustment of the suspensions, like BMW S1000RR 2015.
Everything suggests that Suzuki will keep the three injection maps on the handlebars, the technology first introduced on the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 2007. As for performance, the current trend is the 200-horsepower, 4-cylinder Hamamatsu probably can solve this same power, even a leap of 15 hp compared with the current model of 185 hp.
Announced in the current weight 203 kg, it will likely drop below 200 kg fully loaded (liquids, gasoline, etc.) as the Yamaha YZF-R1 2015. We’ll see..