The real ‘Gixxer’, the famous Suzuki GSX-R1000 is all set for an update, and could well offer more advanced electronics and also get a minor cosmetic makeover.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000, Suzuki’s litre-class superbike, has not yet been updated to meet the latest Euro 5 emission regulations. And now, latest reports indicate that the GSX-R1000 is all set to get a makeover, and the updated model could be unveiled and announced as early as November 2021, at the EICMA show in Milan. This isn’t exactly unexpected news; while Suzuki has updated the Hayabusa, as well as the naked GSX-S1000 to meet latest emission norms, the full-faired, litre-class superbike is yet to be updated to meet the Euro5/BS6 norms.
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With the litre-class segment boasting of back-slapping performance, as well as the latest hi-tech electronics, the GSX-R1000 has got a little left behind, with the likes of the Ducati Panigale V4, BMW S 1000 RR and new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R boasting of the latest tech and performance, which are far ahead than the Gixxer’s (The Gixxer name was originally given by fans to the GSX-R1000, but in India, it’s used as a model name in 150 cc and 250 cc motorcycles).
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According to a report in the Asphalt and Rubber, the next-generation Suzuki GSX-R1000 is being developed with the firm’s eyes on returning to production racing, like World Superbike. Suzuki hasn’t had a presence in WSBK since 2015, and a return to production racing in the international stage certainly promises on exposure and brand building.
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What is not clear is how far Suzuki would go to, to justify the GSX-R1000’s ‘updated’ model. The new generation Hayabusa hasn’t been given a comprehensive update, although it’s said to make riding it easier, with more practical performance and torque. So, the next generation Gixxer could well be just that, an update, or a complete makeover, which will bring the GSX-R1000 in-line to compete with the very best litre-class machines, off and on the track.