Suzuki GB has just conformed pricing and availability of the 2017 GSX-R1000 and the super-hot GSX-R1000R. The base model comes in at £13,249 and will be hitting showrooms in March, while the full-fat R version will cost £16,099 and is set to arrive on UK shores in May.
Both GSX-Rs share the same (claimed) 202bhp engine that features Suzuki’s MotoGP-inspired variable valve timing: in a world of electronic aids and willy-waving horsepower figures, it’s this technology that excites me most heading into 2017.
Given Honda’s recent announcement regarding Fireblade prices, Suzuki’s superbike range suddenly seems like a bargain. Yamaha’s R1M is also priced extravagantly in comparison – it’s a sad sign of the times. I blame Trexit and Brump.
The GSX-R launch is one of the hottest press gigs in years, taking place at Phillip Island next week but, due to limited places, we won’t be there. I’m not bitter at all. Not one bit. The bastards are even flying business class. However, we’ll be spanking the new R very soon at another GP circuit.
Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper: “Anticipation is high for both the GSX-R1000R and the GSX-R1000, and we’re delighted to be able to confirm highly-competitive pricing for both models. The GSX-R1000R was designed and built afresh from the ground up, and gets a comprehensive electronics package to further enhance its performance. We’re also really pleased to be able to offer a stripped back version of our flagship sportsbike that delivers the same, unrivaled engine performance and class-leading power at a lower price point. Our brand philosophy is to deliver value-packed products at a great price, and the GSX-R1000 is both brand new and the most affordable litre sportsbike on the market.”
We’re looking forward to some aftermarket exhaust options…