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Suzuki unveiled the new 2023 GSX-8S and its price tag in France

Suzuki’s got a new middleweight in the market with an all-new parallel twin. The prices are out and they look good.

Suzuki GSX-8S Europe

When Suzuki took to the stage at EICMA 2022, there was a lot of fanfare regarding its newest model, the GSX-8S. For a brand that has usually shied away from totally-new models, this is a breath of fresh air for the Japanese marque. The GSX-8S is targeted at the middleweight naked bikes in the segment, but it has some pretty stiff competition in the form of the Yamaha MT-07, and also the KTM 790 Duke which got a relaunch in Europe. 

Now, news has gone out stating that the model’s received its price tag in France, and the numbers look good. 

Before that, let’s go over a few of the specifications that the GSX-8S has to offer. We get a new parallel-twin engine from Suzuki that achieves up to 81 hp and 77.9 Nm of torque. All that power comes from a displacement of 776 ccs and a 270-degree crankshaft. On top of that, it also gets a decent electronics package for the segment which is modern and is sure to ruffle a few feathers in the segment. The engine achieves its power at 8,500 RPM, which is not a particularly high top-end, but it’s pretty decent for what it is. 

As for the other features, we get upside-down KYB forks in the front and a mono-shock in the rear. We’re also seeing dual disc brakes, an LCD cluster, LED headlights, taillights, and signal lights. Suzuki also bundles in its Intelligent Ride System which offers up to three ride modes, Active, Basic, and Comfort mode. We assume that the best ride mode of them all is the Active mode, which we reckon would sharpen the throttle response of the GSX-8S. Compared to the MT-07, Suzuki did just enough to keep this bike competitive. The higher horsepower figure is also a plus, but engine behavior and character will be a big question mark since the MT-07 is so well-loved in the segment already with its CP2 motor. 

Suzuki GSX-8S Europe
Suzuki GSX-8S Europe

So on to the price. For the time being, things are not looking too expensive for the middleweight with a price tag of just €8,899 EUR, which translates to about P480,000 PHP. The bike is poised to go up against the likes of the Honda CB750 Hornet, which we expect to make its debut in the rest of the world soon. 

Suzuki and Honda are a little late to the 270-degree parallel-twin party, but their motorcycles look pretty good all things considered. Some would say that they look similar, but the technology package and the price could be a big draw for customers who are looking for an upgrade in the future. 

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