At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki had revealed the new GSX concept clay model. It is this design which has given form to the new generation Hayabusa.
The current generation Hayabusa was first launched in 2008. Though the Hayabusa is still a competitive motorcycle in its segment, it is all set to receive a new generation variant, probably as early as end 2017. In an interview, Suzuki had confirmed that the new gen Hayabusa is currently under development. This is the first time a Suzuki official has confirmed about new generation Hayabusa.
The Suzuki GSX Concept, a smooth and aerodynamic clay model design study, which was showcased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show – “gives form to Suzuki’s inline-four sportbike-making spirit and evokes a cocoon from which the company’s future sportbike models will be born.” This includes the new gen Hayabusa, which has now leaked in official image ahead of global debut.
The new generation version of Hayabusa derives its styling cues from the GSX concept. It features signature Suzuki headlamp design which is complemented by what looks like air vents on either side. A tall windscreen, massive fuel tank, wide tailpiece and stubby silencer canister are the other salient features of the new Hayabusa. In addition to confirming 2018 Hayabusa, Suzuki has also confirmed one more interesting fact. That the new Hayabusa will come with as many as 7 different riding modes.
A new Hayabusa with a renewed design could put Suzuki back on top in a segment which is currently dominated by the Kawasaki ZX14R. The upcoming Suzuki superbikes are also expected to sport a new family of in-line four-cylinder petrol engines.
Suzuki has also filed a patent for a turbocharged hybrid technology paired to a litre class engine. The system employs two Motor Generator Units (MGU) to increase power without compromising on fuel economy. It is not clear whether this tech will be seen on board the Hayabusa or now.