Just two years ago, the critically acclaimed GSX-R1000 was launched and it has done just that, winning major championships in the UK and around the world. But with its mission to stay at the forefront of technological innovation and with a hunger to make the best even better, Suzuki has completely up-rated its flagship model to give it the highest output and acceleration in its class.
Suzuki recieved rave-reviews from the world’s motorcycle media at recent first press tests of the new 2003 GSX-R1000, and Suzuki GB is quietly confident that these initial impressions will be translated into real sales when the new machines hit Suzuki dealer showrooms later this month. The sussex-based importer has already helped to tip the balance in its favour and put the icing on the cake by announcing a super-competetive price of just £8199.00 for its totally re-worked flagship model.
The new GSX-R1000 weighs in at a mere 168kg and its sharp new styling provides improved aerodynamics and greater efficiency in its ram-air intake system. A vertically stacked headlight and an all-new twin-spar, black painted alluminium-alloy frame adds to the sharp new look. The digitally controlled engine management systems have been improved for 2003 and for advanced braking performance the new GSX-R1000 is equipped with radial-mounted, four piston front brake callipers – straight from the MotoGP race track.
Why improve a winning package? To stay at the front. And in its brief two-year life span the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has rocked the racing scene with countless wins in Superbike and Superstock races around the world. Perhaps its most famous victory was in the hans of Dvid Jefferis, taking him to the fastest ever lap of 127.29mph round the 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT circuit in 2002, as well as taking him to the British Superstock Champioship title. Nine times TT winner Jefferies was invited to join the world’s press and put in a few laps of his own at the demanding Phillip Island MotoGP and World Superbike race circuit in Australia. “It’s a whole package now”, said the super-fast Yorkshireman. “The brakes are really good and the tank is narrower, making it easier to move around on the bike. The chassis feels more rigid and the overall feel is of a lighter machine. This should prove to be really beneficial in my title defense at the Isle os Man TT and British Superstock championship.”
The future looks bright for the new GSX-R1000 in the hands of the Rizla Suzuki British Superbike team. Recent test sessions have seen team-mates John Reynolds and Yukio Kagayama giving their new race bikes the big thumbs-up.
Announcing the aggressive new price of the new GSX-R1000, Suzuki GB’s General Manager Nick Barnes said “We are confident that the GSX-R will still be the machine to beat in terms of performance both on the road and on the track. And now, at just £8199* it offers the best performance-for-money value available anywhere ever.”
With a free twelve months’ AA roadside and at home recovery package, free Alpha.Dot security marking, two year unlimited mileage warranty, customer loyalty incentives and the new price tag, Suzuki GB is confident that when it lands in the UK in March, the new GSX-R1000 will be on a one-way ticket to success both in dealer showrooms and on the race track.
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