Suzuki’s funky turbocharged future
Patents given the go-ahead point to a production run of small-capacity, high-power roadsters.
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.