Suzuki recently announced its 2020 line-up for the US market, and among the list of products was the 2020 iteration of the Hayabusa. The 2020 model features cosmetic upgrades that come in the form of a new colour option – Candy Daring Red – that joins Metallic Daring Gray in the list. Both options come with a Hayabusa Kanji symbol, colour-matched wheels and model name decals.
The design and specifications remain unaltered. The engine specs retain the 1,340 cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC mill that links to a six-speed transmission. The gearbox benefits from Suzuki Clutch Assist System. Suzuki has also stopped the production of the second generation Hayabusa in Japan.
The updated model is expected to debut at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in (5-10) November this year. Several renderings and reports from the past indicate that the next-generation Suzuki Hayabusa will draw styling cues from the Concept GSX that was unveiled in 2015.
Suzuki will aim to regain the title for the fastest acceleration from the Kawasaki ZX-14R. Thus, the new Hayabusa will most definitely pack a bigger engine. The current, 1,340 cc motor pumps out 145 kW (194 BHP) of power and 155 Nm of peak torque. The 1,441 cc motor of the ZX-14R, on the other hand, delivers 147.2 kW (197 BHP) of peak power and 158.2 Nm of max torque. Suzuki may also opt for some weight-saving measures to achieve a better power-to-weight ratio on the new model.
A few reports have also hinted at a turbocharged motor. We can expect to see an updated electronics package on the new Hayabusa to keep up with the rivals. The updated hardware will most likely comprise LED lighting among others.
Anchoring tasks will be handled by twin-discs at the front and a single disc at the back along with Brembo sourced callipers. Inverted front forks and a rear monoshock will handle the shock absorption department. It will be interesting to see if Suzuki opts for a semi-active suspension setup on the new Hayabusa.
We expect to hear launch details at 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this year.