A reliable source is reporting that Japanese bike maker Suzuki are presently developing a brand new third generation Suzuki Hayabusa model. The report cites sources within the Hamamatsu-based brand that has confirmed the existence of the next generation Hayabusa development project.
Debuting in 1999, the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, or better known as the ‘Busa amongst fans, is indeed overdue for an update. The current bike is the model’s second generation version that has undergone several minor updates over the last years, with the most recent one performed in 2013.
The insider sources further indicated that the upcoming new ‘Busa may evolved to look similar to the Suzuki GSX Concept that was showcased during the Tokyo Motor Show last year.
Also highlighted was the insider source’s other claim that the new ‘Busa will still retain the same engineering ethos as before, that being the offer of high power outputs through a large displacement. However, the new bike will utilise more technology such as variable valve timing to boost power and improve emissions controls.
Also reported was the possibility of the new Hayabusa the turbocharging method. This rumour is fuelled by the fact that Suzuki has gone to great lengths in promoting and developing said forced-induction method for its rumoured new Katana middleweight – the eventual production version of the Suzuki Recursion concept.
However, this possibility seems highly unlikely given that the turbocharged engine Suzuki revealed recently has a small capacity of just 600cc, not to mention the plans of priming said engine in a middleweight platform instead. Nevertheless, the turbocharging method hasn’t been discounted due to its benefits of greater power in a compact package and seemingly low emissions.
It will reportedly take at least two years to develop the new Hayabusa, so a revelation will likely happen sometime in 2018 or 2019 and may coincide with the bike’s 20th anniversary. The other factor driving this is the EU region’s legislation that requires all bikes to meet with strict Euro4 emissions standards from 2017 onwards.