For 2012, Suzuki has updated it’s flagship GSX-R1000 sportbike. Engineers upgraded both the engine and chassis in an effort to give it more performance on the road.
Inside the liquid-cooled 999cc Inline-Four engine are new lighter pistons with reshaped crowns designed to boost low-end and mid-range torque. The engine block also features larger ventilation holes designed to reduce mechanical power loss. The exhaust camshaft was also updated for reduced valve overlap. Complementing the engine changes is new ECU programming. Suzuki’s finally ditched its dual muffler set-up for a more conventional arrangement that terminates on the righthand side of the bike. That change alone shreds 4.4 pounds off the bike.
In terms of the chassis, Brembo monobloc front brake calipers replace the radial-mount Tokicos on last year’s machine. The suspension also got new valving and the bike comes shod in Bridgestone’s new high-performance S20 road tires. The price tag increases by $200 compared to $13,799. Expect it to arrive in U.S. dealerships spring ’12.