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First whispers: new Suzuki GSX-R1000 coming?

Dealers rumoured to be preparing for launch

RUMOURS are emerging that Suzuki is set to reveal a new GSX-R1000 later this year.

Details are scarce but Visordown has been told that a major dealer is ‘changing the dynamic of his shop’ to make way for the new model.

According to a source, the new superbike is a 2016 model. He also said there would possibly be another smaller capacity bike planned for Suzuki’s line-up next year.

The source added: ‘Suzuki wants to be back at the top.’

The launch of the new model would tie in nicely with Suzuki’s return to MotoGP this year, with the inline-four-powered GSX-RR. It might even be a road-going derivative of that.

The GSX-R1000 hasn't had a major design overhaul since 2009 so there's no doubt it's due for one. This year sees it looking well and truly left behind by a new generation of 200hp superbikes, including the Yamaha R1, BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki Ninja H2, not to mention Ducati's 1299 Panigale and Honda's prototype RC213V-S, which is expected to go on sale later this year at around £112,000.

Let's hope the new Gixer's a bit cheaper than that.

A Suzuki source told Visordown: 'Honestly no news on anything 2016 at present.'

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