Suzuki has pulled the plug off the Hayabusa nearly 20 years after introducing the hyperbike. However, it isn’t the end of the road for the iconic motorcycle. The Japanese two-wheeler brand is working on a third generation model that will arrive by the year 2022. The next-gen Hayabusa will be aimed to win back the title of fastest accelerating production motorcycle from the Kawasaki ZX-14R. The new model will receive a bigger engine to compete against the Kawasaki’s 1,441cc motor.
For reference, the second generation Suzuki Hayabusa is propelled by a 1,340cc with a rated power output of 145 kW (194 bhp) and 155 Nm of peak torque. In comparison, the 1,441 cc motor of the ZX-14R makes 147.2 kW (197 bhp) of maximum power and 158.2 Nm of peak torque. Needless to say, the new model will comply with the Euro 5 emission norms. Reports suggest that the next-generation Suzuki Hayabusa will feature a turbocharged motor, updated electronic rider aids and entirely new cosmetics.
The glimpse of the new Hayabusa’s design was showcased via the Concept GSX back in 2015. Now, Japanese magazine Young Machine has created a rendering of the future version of the hyperbike that is based on the concept motorcycle. The magazine has also released photographs of the leaked patents of the new model that, as reported, gets weight-saving measures to enhance the power-to-weight ratio.
The rendered motorcycle features sharper styling, along with an updated (still single-pod) headlight. Apart from the revised bodywork, it features a new exhaust design that looks compact and lightweight than the units seen on the outgoing model.
Regular readers would know that Suzuki has stopped the production of the second generation Hayabusa in Japan. The motorcycle never received the Euro-IV upgrade and other rules introduced as part of EU Regulation 168/2013. Manufacturers were given a grace period of two years to sell the remaining units. The grace period ended on December 31, 2018. The motorcycle, however, will be available for one more year in the US.
The exact timeline is still not available but, as mentioned above, the new motorcycle could arrive by 2022. We hope to hear some details or a concept at one of the many motoring events in 2019.