It started with a goal: Reclaim the GSX-R1000’s sportbike performance leadership.
The discussion went from there. The fundamental capabilities that make a great sportbike were distilled down to three words: Run. Turn. Stop. Make the GSX-R1000 run better, turn better and stop better than any other sportbike.
Run: Build a more compact and lighter engine with class-leading power, delivered smoothly and controllably across a broad rpm range, equally suited for driving hard out of a racetrack corner or accelerating effortlessly onto a public highway.
Turn and Stop: Design a more compact chassis delivering nimble handling with excellent front-end feel and braking, as useful for trail-braking on the racetrack as for rolling into tight corners on a country road. Add advanced electronics that aren’t too complicated to actually use, plus bodywork with refined aerodynamics that reduce drag at top speed on the racetrack and improve rider comfort on brisk street rides.
In short, develop an unmatched combination of reliability, durability, usability and overall performance with excellent racing potential in a package that works as well for street riders as it does for track-day riders and amateur or professional racers.
The work was in the details. Engine dimensions, shape, and positioning affect wheelbase and swingarm length and overall handling, as well as the room available for the fuel tank and air cleaner box and ram-air intake ducts and the width of the frame itself. The frame and chassis design can equally affect engine design, packaging and positioning, including cylinder angle and the throttle body downdraft angle–which in turn can affect combustion efficiency and throttle response and overall performance. It’s all connected.
Cue the Suzuki Integrated Design approach, with a dedicated team of talented engine, chassis, electronic and aerodynamic engineers working together on the overall design of a groundbreaking sportbike
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