The Japanese motorbike builder is all set to present an all new Suzuki GSX-R750, probably as a late 2018 or 2019 model, according to reports. Presently, the middle-weight sport bike class is going through a crisis of sorts globally with very few takers – Honda has already dropped the CBR-600 RR in Europe and Kawasaki is estimated to follow the same route and discontinue the Kawasaki ZX-6R. But Suzuki is set to retain the GSX-R-750, one of the most defining modern super-bikes since its launch first in 1985.
The last upgrade to the GSX-R750 was in 2011, and while Suzuki is predictable to retain the same engine as the current model, there will be a few upgrades to the tuning and chassis. There are, of course, some modern additions – including suspension, the latest electric rider aids, and styling, which is more in line with the current GSX-R-1000. Suzuki still sells the GSX-650 and GSX-R750 in Europe in minor numbers, but both these bikes are way past their shelf life with Euro-4 emission and safety guidelines kicking in.
The GSX-R750 and 600 were last upgraded in 2011 and do not comply with the new rules. Suzuki relies on ‘derogation’ allowances, which allows the firm to sell small numbers for up to two years. By the end of this year, Suzuki is probable to sell out all existing bikes in authorizations or re-register and sell any remaining bikes as secondhand bikes. The iconic GSX-R750 has substantial fan following across the world, and still sells respectably well.
The Suzuki GSX-R750 can be called the first affordable, modern race-replica suitable for road use. The bike received its first major alteration in 1988, with new chassis design, engine revisions and new exterior. The present model is the longest ever produced GSX-R750 without any major changes. The 749-cc in-line four engine produces 128 bhp of power @ 12,600 rpm and 76 Nm of torque @ 11,100 rpm.
It is not clear yet whether Suzuki will be launching the GSX-R750 in India, typically because the Indian super-bike crowd leans heavily towards the litre-class models, more than the middle-weights. If at all the bike is launched, the Suzuki GSX-R750 will compete against the likes of the Ducati 959 Panigale and the MV Agusta F3 800. But that’s sometime away anyway, and things will only get exciting in India if there’s competitive pricing, and for that Suzuki India will have to look at ways to bring it in as CKDs and assemble here.