Suzuki Australia has released the prices on its more powerful and lower weight 2017 GSX-R1000 and new GSX-R1000R models unveiled at the INTERMOT show in Cologne last year.
The GSX-R1000 ABS will be available in Australian dealerships from late June in a choice of Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Pearl Mira Red at $21,990 plus on-road costs, or $23,990 ride away.
That’s a big leap in price, considering the lo-fi version has been selling for under $16,000 the past few years.
It now puts the bike directly against premium models such as the BMW S 1000 RR.
The top-spec GSX-R1000R will be available in October in Metallic Triton Blue or Glass Sparkle Black for $25,490 ($27,490 ride away).
The seventh-generation model has a completely new Euro 4-compliant engine with 148.6kW (199.27hp) and 117.5Nm of torque,all-LED lighting, lean-angle sensitive traction control, three riding modes, a quickshifter, electronic steering damper, one-button starter, upgraded Showa suspension and weighs 3kg less at 202kg wet.
Suzuki claims it is the most powerful they have built.
The engine is not only more powerful and cleaner running but is also more compact, being 6.6mm narrower and 22.2mm shorter, yet the bike is 20mm longer with a 1425mm wheelbase.
Engine compression is higher at 13.2:1 from 12.9:1 with a longer bore and shorter stroke (76 x 55.1mm from 74.5 x 57.3mm). It now redlines at 14,500rpm instead of 13,500.
The limited-edition R version will come with upgraded suspension and cornering ABS.