Suzuki Hayabusa has officially left the production line after 20 successful years across the globe. The reason is shifting interest of countries towards the strict Euro 4 or equivalent emission norms that make Hayabusa illegal for production and sale. Even Japan has planned to move one step closer to cleaner air and fate of buyers is hanging on the number of units produced within or before December 2018. Yes, it may be hard to digest but Suzuki has opted to end the production for all markets at once and rely only on the number of units produced before the end of 2018.
Hayabusa GSX1300R is already not on sale in markets where emission norms have gone stricter than ever, leaving just limited markets for the remaining period. In Europe, the grace period of two years for the already on-sale models will end on December 31, 2018. However, the good news is that Suzuki is preparing a 2020 model with semi-automatic gearbox and a better design than the present generation model. The current-gen Hayabusa will be available in India till stock lasts. It is expected that the new version will be showcased at EICMA 2019 and will be launched in the following months. The design is still an unsolved mystery.
The Indian market will not require more than 200 units to survive the gap of one year. On the other hand, it also depends upon the need of US market as more buyers arising in the US will mean stock allocation changes for 2019. Hayabusa was launched with a 1299cc engine initially, producing 173 BHP in the first version. Later, the engine size was changed to 1340cc and Hayabusa became more powerful with 197 BHP of output. The motorcycle was the reason why manufacturers started producing more powerful bikes as they just wanted to break the Hayabusa’s top speed record at all costs.