Suzuki unveiled the 2012 GSX-R1000 image

The Japanese car and motorcycle maker Suzuki has revealed details of its 2012 flagship Superbike – the GSX-R1000. The company upgraded both the engine and chassis in an effort to give it more performance on the road.

The changes are significant, however, and include new radial-mount Brembo Mono-bloc front brake calipers, a switch back to a single muffler system, and engine refinements that slightly bump compression and reduce inertia.

For 2012, the 999cc engine receives new MotoGP -derived pistons said to be 11% lighter than the previous version. As a result, the bike’s compression ratio climbs slightly from 12.8:1 to 12.9:1.

A different exhaust cam is claimed to add more mid-range power, something the big GSX-R was already never short of compared to its contemporaries.102411-1side

Less weight, particularly at the back of the bike thanks to the single can, improves handling, too. Apparently.

“We are proud to introduce the new 2012 GSX-R1000,” said Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi,
“this new GSX-R model reflects decades of development through on-track domination around the world and the latest model continues the GSX-R1000’s legacy of championship-winning performance by integrating race-developed technology into our class-leading products.”

The current GSX-R1000 is a proven track performer (missing the British Superbike title by only 0.006sec) and current holder of the Brands Hatch Superbike lap record.

2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Specifications
Color Black, Blue/White
Brakes Front Disc brake, twin
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Curb Weight 205kg (452 lbs.)
Final Drive Chain, DID50VAZ, 114 links
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.5 L (4.6 US gal)
Ground Clearance 130mm (5.1 in.)
Overall Length 2045 mm (80.5 in.)
Overall Width 720 mm (28.3 in.)
Seat Height 810 mm (31.9 in.)
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Wheelbase 1405mm (55.3 in.)
Engine 999cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore Stroke 74.5 mm x 57.3 mm
Compression Ratio 12.8 : 1
185 hp (136.1 kW)/ 12,000 rpm, 116.7 Nm/ 10,000 rpm
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication Wet sump
Starter Electric
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty