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Suzuki updates the GSX-R range of sportbikes in the international market.

The popular supersports get minor updates.

2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000R

The House of Hamamatsu has bestowed some minor updates on its most popular range of sportbikes, the GSX-R. Consisting of three models, the iconic superbike can be purchased in the international market in three flavors—1000cc, 750cc, and 600cc. While the Philippine market only gets the outgoing GSX-R1000, we are lucky enough to get the GSX-S750, which is in essence, a naked version of the GSX-R750. Needless to say, given the much-needed refresh of these bikes in the global sphere, the thought of Suzuki launching the GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 in the local market is truly an exciting notion, especially given the success of the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in the local market. 

With that, let's take a closer look at what Suzuki has to offer with the new and improvd GSX-R range. Starting with the biggest, baddest machine, the GSX-R1000 can be bought in two variants, the standard, and the race-oriented R version. In standard trim, it retains the decently performing Showa Big-Piston fork and Brembo braking system. What's changed is that Suzuki is now offering the JDM-exclusive colorways—Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Matte Mechanical Gray—to the international audience. As for the performance-oriented GSX-R1000R,  Suzuki has outfitted it with a premium Showa BFF and BFRC-Lite suspension setup, up and down quick-shifter, and a suite of advanced electronic rider aids, similar to what we find in the new Suzuki Hayabusa.  

2022 Suzuki GSX-R lineup

Moving on to the smaller bikes, which unfortunatley, we don't receive in the local market, the Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 remain, for the most part, unchanged. Just like what Suzuki had done to the 2021 GSX-S750, the two middleweight supersports get new color options consisting of Glass Blaze Orange/ Glass Sparkle Black and Glass Matte Mechanical Gray/Pearl Brilliant White. They're powered by engines which are now the better part of fifteen years old, albeit tuned to meet modern-day emissions standards. 

The 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000, GSX-R750, and GSX-R600 all earn a new, special-edition livery commemorating the company's centennial anniversary. The special livery does command a slight premium, however, it gives the bikes a more sporty and nostalgic aesthetic. While no news about any of these bikes making it to the local market soon has surfaced, the current-generation GSX-R1000 is pretty much the same bike, and goes for a retail price of P1,169,000 for the top-of-the-line R variant. 

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