Suzuki has revealed the 3rd generation of its flagship motorcycle, the Hayabusa. It is scheduled to go on sale starting from Europe by the end of February, followed by other markets including North America and Japan.
The 3rd generation has arrived after over 13 years. As for the design, I think the designers have done a great job by retaining the ‘busa’s iconic silhouette; from the front, side and rear, the motorcycle is easily recognizable as the legendary Hayabusa. Notice that the intakes within the turn signal housing have also been retained with an evolutionary styling. The rear-end has been given a new fascia with inverted L-shaped light signatures, which together with the new mufflers, look really cool.
The new Hayabusa has slightly shrunken in size compared to the second gen model, which should help with better handling. It now measures 2,180 mm long (-15 mm), 735 mm wide (-5 mm) and 1,165 mm tall (-5 mm). Wheelbase measures 1,480 mm, which is also a shortage of 5 mm. The motorcycle claims a kerb weight of 264 kg (582 lbs).
Notice that the instrument cluster design too is pretty similar to the outgoing model. Anyway, the features list includes LED headlight, LED rear combo lights, LED turn signals, LCD display in the middle of the instrument cluster, fully adjustable KYB suspension, Brembo Stylema front brake calipers, and ABS. The front discs now measure 320 mm (+10). As for the tyres, Suzuki said that the Battlax Hypersport S22 were specially developed by Bridgestone for the new ‘busa.
Options include Akrapovič slip-on muffler, grip heater, touring screen, and single seat cowling.
Electronics include SDMS-α (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha), Traction Control (10 levels), Bi-directional Quick Shift System, Anti-lift Control, Launch Control, Cruise Control, Motion Track Brake System, Hill Hold Control, Slope Dependent Control and more. The SDMS-α offers a choice between three presets (Active, Basic, and Comfort), as well as three user-defined settings (U1, U2, U3).
Powering the new Hayabusa is a 1.34L (1,340 cc) in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that develops 140 kW (190 metric hp) at 9,700 rpm and 150 Nm (111 lb-ft) of torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Suzuki said that the engine has been revised with lighter pistons and connecting rods and that the engine lubrication has been improved as well.