Suzuki Katana 1000 has been recently showcased in India for the first time at the Auto Expo 2020. The motorcycle is based on the underpinnings of the GSX-S1000F while features a resurrected name that used to be undeniably famous under Suzuki’s portfolio back in the 1980s.
Powering the Suzuki Katana is a 999cc, in-line four-cylinder engine that is capable of offering maximum power of 150HP @ 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 108Nm @ 9,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle was initially showcased at EICMA 2018 in Milan as well as at the INTERMOT 2018 in Germany. The production variant of the sportbike is expected to be brought to the Indian market via the CKD route while the launch will most likely happen later this year.
Coming to the design language, the front fascia of the motorcycle reminisces the bits and pieces of the old Katana while features the twin-spar aluminium frame inspired from the Suzuki GSX-S1000F. The square headlight pays tribute to the older iteration of the motorcycle while the all-new shape of the fuel tank complements its sporty design. The neo-retro outlook of the motorcycle is further completed with a TFT display. In addition to this, the brand has also kept the “Katana” badge the same when compared to the last-gen motorcycle version.
The all-new Suzuki Katana 1000 features a fully-adjustable KYB 43mm USD forks at the front while the rear has been mated to a monoshock absorber. The braking power is offered by disc brakes at either side with Brembo/Nissin sourced callipers mated to dual-channel ABS as standard. Suzuki has equipped the motorcycle with switchable three-level traction control while the fuel tank capacity and the kerb weight stands at 12 litres and 215kg respectively.
The brand further plans to import the motorcycle as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit to be assembled locally so as to keep the prices under check. The 1000cc sportbike is expected to get an ex-showroom price tag of around INR 10-11 lakh while it would be competing with the likes of Kawasaki Ninja 1000 in India.