The Suzuki Katana has been unveiled at the 2018 Intermot motorcycle show on 2nd October, 2018. With this bike Suzuki pays tribute to its first generation bikes introduced back is 80s. Therefore, the Katana resembles the 80s inspired appearance. This sports bike is borrows the idea of foundation from the Suzuki GSX S1000, which was unveiled last year. People have been eagerly waiting for the Katana and the bike is likely to reach the European auto markets by the next year. However, Suzuki is expected to launch this motorcycle in our country as well. Katana will arrive in India by the end of next year or the beginning of 2020.
The Suzuki Katana comes with a retro modern styling and sports a squarish LED headlamp with a sharp front fairing reaching up to the bottom of the short. The fuel tank has a capacity of 12 litres and is inspired from the original Katana which was introduced 37 years ago. Besides that the Suzuki Katana borrows the all digital LCD dash from the Suzuki GSX RS 1000 R. The bike is equipped with dual channel ABS as standard and a three level traction control system. The Suzuki Katana provides an upright and relaxed riding position to the riders. This particular offering along with the retro modern design and definitely the mythical name – ‘Katana’ is likely to add to the popularity of the bike.
The Suzuki Katana continues to draw power from a liquid cooled, in line four powerplant 999 cc engine, which delivers a power of 150 hp at 10,000 rpm and produces a peak torque of 108 Nm at 9,500 rpm. This is the same engine powering the Suzuki GSX S1000R. A six speed gearbox with slipper clutch comes matted to the engine. The suspension duties are handled by the fully adjustable KYB 43 mm USD fork and a preload and rebound damping adjustable link type monoshock. Suzuki had designed the Katana first in 1979 and in between 1981 to 2006 the name ‘Katana’ was used by the manufacturer for the range of its sport touring bikes. The Katana was engineered with various displacements as 550 cc, 650 cc, 750 cc and 1100 cc and among these the 1100 cc was most popular. However, the upcoming Katana is likely to be a hit production from the Suzuki.
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