Super Special Bike Torque: Suzuki's unveil of the century
In association with Megabikes
Suzuki has announced a new GSX-R series of models that will go on sale across the globe to celebrate the marque's 100th anniversary.
The flagship superbike and arguably the original bad-boy of sports machines, the GSX-R1000R, sports the same retro-inspired livery as the GSX-RR MotoGP machine, with the traditional blue and slate silver colour scheme paying homage to Suzuki's early Grand Prix machines of the 1960s.
The GSX-R1000R - which has won races and championships in the UK, Ireland, the USA and Australia, plus the Senior TT on the Isle of Man following its launch - also shares more than just paint with the GP racer, and makes use of the same variable valve timing system to boost both torque and peak power.
It also gets a comprehensive suite of electronics, which includes 10 traction control modes, a quickshifter and auto-blipper, launch control, and lean angle-sensitive ABS.
The 100th anniversary GSX-R1000R's advanced electronic management system incorporates feedback from a Continental Inertial Measurement Unit, which tracks the motion and position of the motorcycle in 6-directions, along 3-axis, Pitch, Roll and Yaw.
The 999cc inline-four also puts out a blistering 199hp.
This year marks 100 years since the inception of the Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. The firm began the production of motorcycles in 1952 with the launch of the Power Free, and two years later changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd.
Since then it has gone on to produce some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 20th and 21st century, including the complete GSX-R series.
The bad news for anyone who fancies picking one up is this is a very limited edition, with only 100 bikes available in the UK and no news yet of availability in Ireland.