Suzuki GSX-R1000R

999cc | 203kg | 199bhp | 825mm Cash price £16,239 De­posit £4000 Mileage 5000pa Rate 7.9% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £9027

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They’ve taken their time, but Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000R is fi­nally here – and it’s a cracker. It’s smaller, lighter and loaded with the oomph needed to com­pete with the cur­rent crop of top-flight su­per­bikes.

Stab the one-touch starter and the over-square 999cc in­line four-cylin­der mo­tor barks into life. It’s as raw and an­gry as ever, snort­ing and growl­ing through its air­box and ti­ta­nium pipe. But, more im­pres­sively, there’s a tor­rent of power through the rev range, thanks to Suzuki’s Broad Power Sys­tem which in­cludes new ex­haust valves, se­condary in­jec­tors, dual stage in­let trum­pets and the clever new VVT sys­tem.

The new mo­tor combines old­school GSX-R1000 grunt with a

mod­ern su­per­bike top end rush, a flaw­less power curve and an ac­cu­rate throt­tle. There’s so much grunt you can go a gear higher through cor­ners and still be rapid – good news on the road.

The new six-speed, close-ra­tio cas­sette gear­box pre­cisely slices through cogs and is ably as­sisted by a su­per-slick quick­shifter and au­to­blip­per sys­tem. Wheelie, launch and a 10-stage trac­tion con­trol are all con­trolled by a six-axis In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit (IMU), which is right up there with the best sys­tems around. Crack the gas and the trac­tion con­trol holds you safely in a spin or slide. Open the throt­tle a bit more and you drive for­ward smoothly with no elec­tronic cuts or splut­ters. And if you don’t like elec­tron­ics you can turn the trac­tion and wheelie con­trol off.

With re­vised Brembo caliper set­tings and big­ger discs (up 10mm to 320mm) the stop­ping power is strong, but there’s a lit­tle bit of feel miss­ing and some fade af­ter a hand­ful of hard laps. But the GSX-R’S brakes have more bite than an R1 or ZX-10R.

It has the power, straight-line speed, grunt off the cor­ners and rider aids to match its ri­vals. The GSX-R is back.

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