Suzuki’s funky tur­bocharged fu­ture

Patents given the go-ahead point to a pro­duc­tion run of small-ca­pac­ity, high-power road­sters.

Motorcycle Monthly - - Front Page - Words by: Leon Rose and Tony Carter

New patents filed by Suzuki and ap­proved in Amer­ica show the fac­tory is work­ing on a pro­duc­tion 588cc par­al­lel twin with a tur­bocharger.

The draw­ings clearly show the tur­bocharger mounted on the ex­haust down­tubes while the side-on draw­ings show the bike will have a sin­gle-sided swingarm (sim­i­lar in look to that used on the Du­cati Di­avel) but will also fea­ture a long wheel­base but fairly sporty-yet-up­right rid­ing po­si­tion.

We have been told that spe­cial at­ten­tion has been paid to how quickly the bike will lay into corners, the front wheel has been pulled back to the en­gine to give the bike a light­ness of feel, while the over­all cen­tre of grav­ity is very low in­deed to keep up the ma­chine’s nim­ble na­ture. The long wheel­base will mean that on straights and mo­tor­ways the new bike should be very well man­nered.

The patents are clearly ready­ing for a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the firm’s Re­cur­sion pro­to­type that was touted as hav­ing a 588cc in-line twin cylin­der mo­tor with an in­ter­cooler turbo pro­vid­ing a power boost. It was first shown in Ja­pan in 2013.

Paul de Lusig­nan, Gen­eral Man­ager of Suzuki GB PLC, said: “We have no in­for­ma­tion on patents filed presently on a new en­gine with forced in­duc­tion. How­ever, the Re­cur­sion con­cept ma­chine was pre­sented just over a year ago with sim­i­lar tech­nol­ogy, but there are no im­me­di­ate plans for a model like this to make pro­duc­tion.”

The word ‘im­me­di­ate’ in the of­fi­cial re­sponse is im­por­tant to note. It’s a mo­tor­cy­cle that we will see in Suzuki’s line-up and pos­si­bly as part of the 2016 range.

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