Suzuki has pulled the covers off the 2022 Katana at EICMA 2021, and it comes with a host of cosmetic and performance updates. As fans may know, the revived Katana takes inspiration from the 80s-era model, which dazzled with its inspired design and bodywork.
At its core is a 999cc inline-4, liquid-cooled engine that punches out 150 hp at 10,000 RPM. For reference, that's about two more horses than the outgoing model, which made 148 hp. Suzuki says the power gain comes from several upgrades, including the intake and exhaust camshafts, valve springs, airbox, and exhaust system.
On the electronics side, the 2022 Katana benefits from a new ride-by-wire system and more compact 40 mm electronic throttle bodies. There are also changes to the rider aid suite, which includes the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector System with three throttle map options.
More than that, there's the Suzuki Easy Start System, an up-and-down quickshifter, and a new slipper clutch. A TFT display is still nowhere in sight, but the LCD screen gets updated with a night mode feature.
As for its frame and chassis, the 2022 Katana remains largely the same as the previous model. If you're eagle-eyed, you'll spot the gold-finished inverted fork tubes, the two-tone seats, and the color-matched wheels. There are two available color schemes: Metallic Matte Stellar Blue and Solid Iron Gray.
Local availability is unknown as of now, but we wouldn't be surprised if Suzuki Philippines decides to bring the new model into the fold. After all, it still sells the current-spec Katana, which debuted in 2019. That model is available for P817,000.
If it does arrive in our market, the 2022 Katana could get a higher price tag given the significant updates and upgrades. In any case, we'll have to stay tuned for more news on the 2022 Suzuki Katana.