Six years after the introduction of the GSX-S1000 to the Suzuki lineup, the Japanese brand’s streetfighter has undergone its first major overhaul with new styling, new tech and a tad more power all coming together in the new 2022 GSX-S100.
While visually the GSX-S1000 has undergone a major overhaul, with new sharper fairings, stacked LED headlight and aggressive mass forward stance it looks a whole new beats, but there is an equal number of changes under the skin to bring the bike up to Euro 5 emissions homologation as well as add new features now expected from bikes in the class.
The 998cc four-banger has a number of updates including new cams, exhaust and intake, and unusually for a bike updated for Euro 5 without an increase in capacity it actually boasts better performance figures than the outgoing model. Power is now claimed at a healthy 152PS at 11,000rpm and while peak torque is slightly down on the outgoing model (106Nm vs 108Nm) it's now produced at lower rpm and has a much more refined torque curve.
While the GSX-S1000 was one of Suzuki’s first models to debut multi-stage traction control in 2015, the technology has moved on in the intervening years. While the new GSX-S1000 does without an IMU and cornering sensitive riding aids like was recently added to the Hayabusa, it does receive a decent boost in the safety aids department.
The GSX-S now features Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S) with five stage traction control, Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle, Bi-directional Quick Shifter, Suzuki Easy Start, and Low RPM Assist systems.
The chassis remains a twin-spar aluminium design, while the swingarm comes directly from the GSX-R1000 superbike. The suspension comes in the form of 43mm fully adjustable KYB forks matched to a link-type rear suspension system with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload settings on the shock. Expect handling the be spot on.
Braking comes from Brembo with 310mm discs up front clamped by four-piston calipers and a Nissin caliper on the rear disc, all backed by ABS.
Suzuki has also tweaked the rider triangle by moving the handlebars 23mm wider and 20mm closer to the rider for better comfort. The GSX-S range has always been aimed at being the more rider-friendly end of the naked world and these should help it maintain its place in that regard.
Other improvements over the previous model include a revised seat, larger 19-litre fuel tank and new LCD instrument panel.
At the time of writing, we are unable to confirm pricing or when the new GSX-S1000 is due to land on our shores.