The famous Katana name could be returning to the Suzuki brand in a turbo-charged sportsbike.
Rumours of the Suzuki Katana turbo have gathered pace after Suzuki registered the Katana name and trademark Samurai sword and a Japanese motorcycle magazine published an artist’s impression of a Katana-influenced turbo production bike.
Suzuki unveiled its turbo-charged 588cc parallel twin “Recursion” concept sportsbike at the Tokyo show in October.
It is said to make 75kW (100hp) at 8000rpm and 100Nm of torque at 4500rpm, with a weight of 173kg and 50% better fuel economy than a 600cc sportsbike.
The Recursion concept sportsbike is only 30kW and 10Nm shy of the naturally aspirated GSX-R1000, but because it is much lighter it will have a similar power-to-weight ratio.
It’s still only half the power of the supercharged Kawasaki H2, but it shows the industry looking toward a future of forced induction just as the car industry has done in the past decade.
Recursion means “flowing back, repeating” which is what a turbo does with the exhaust. However, that name may not necessarily make it to market.
A more fitting name would be Katana which was their 1980s futuristic designed sportsbike, although it was also used for a scooter and some mid-sized bikes about 15 years ago.