MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
Hyperbike performance in a superbike package, with advanced electronics £87 per bhp
Getting your hands on a brand new superbike has never been easier, or more affordable – and with the revelation this week that Suzuki’s GSX-R1000R has set the fastest quarter-mile time MCN has ever recorded on a production superbike, you’ve never had more bang for your buck, either.
The all-new GSX-R1000R blitzed its litre-bike rivals at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire last week, nailing a blistering standingquarter mile time of just 9.98 seconds at a speed of 153.49mph, before tramping on to a genuine 180mph in just 16.20s. This is Hayabusa hyperbike-beating territory from a package that boasted a true 184.93bhp on the dyno, and tips the scales at a claimed 203kg (kerb).
But perhaps the most impressive set of figures come when you look at the affordability of these superbikes on Personal Contract Plans (PCP). There are drawbacks to this popular route to a new bike – the primary one being that you don’t own it – but if that doesn’t bother you then you could be riding away on a new GSX-R1000R for just £161.47 per month. That takes into account a £4059.75 deposit, and delivers a whopping saving of over £225 per month when compared to an identically funded straight finance deal* on the same bike. Clearly you’ll own the bike on the traditional finance deal and won’t have to suffer a mileage limit, but on PCP you simply roll on to another new one after two or three years, probably with no additional outlay or increase in payments – keeping you at the sharp end of the market.
While the GSX-R1000R is the fastest off the line, it’s also one of the best-looking deals currently available, although it’s run close by the devastatingly effective new Honda Fireblade SP, which can be secured for £169 per month right now – albeit with a far more salty deposit than the GSX-R requires.
If the relentless march of electronics and performance has surpassed your needs, and you yearn for a brand-new superbike with a far more analogue skill set, don’t despair. There are some cracking deals on the outgoing models, too – and the Fireblade is once again at the sharp end. How about doing 4000 miles this year on the 2016 model Fireblade SP for just £129 per month? No, really. And Honda are even chucking a £500 deposit contribution into the pot.
Whichever route you choose, you’re spoilt for choice. After years in the doldrums, the superbike segment is back, and it’s never before offered such comfort, so many rider aids, or easy affordability. 2017 could well be the year of the superbike.
Tested power 184.93bhp Top speed 180.45mph Standing qtr 9.08s @ 153.49mph 0-60mph 2.00s