Features 6 Aug 2019

Countdown: Features of the new Katana

A legend returns in modern trim with the 2020 Suzuki Katana arrival.

Suzuki’s highly-anticipated 2020 model Katana finally makes its way to Australia this month and, after debuting at Intermot in Germany late last year, we’re excited about its official arrival at $18,990 ride away. Paying homage to the iconic 1981 GSX1100S Katana, this modern new version becomes another legend in the series. In the lead-up to the national media launch later this week, here are just some of the technical features that Suzuki has highlighted so far.

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5. Long-stroke engine:
The engine features a long-stroke design with a 73.4mm bore and 59.0mm stroke, resulting in a broad power range delivered smoothly across the entire rev range. Producing 110kW (150ps) at 10,000rpm with 108Nm of torque, it puts the power to the ground through a back-torque limiting clutch. State-of-the-art technology provides ultimate efficiency, combined with it’s addictive induction noise that makes every ride a sheer, exciting one.

4. Chassis and components:
The compact, lightweight twin-spar aluminium chassis is engineered to provide agility, ease of control and with significant character. It is also aimed to perform best in real-world riding conditions on public roads, in city traffic, on the highway, or on rural and twisty roads. In addition, adjustable 43mm KYB inverted front forks give a ride that is sporty, yet plush, matched with a single KYB rear shock that features adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load. Brembo radial-mount monoblock front brake calipers are mated with 310mm floating-mount dual discs to provide powerful braking performance – the same type used on the current GSX-R1000. It also has a sophisticated Antilock Brake System (ABS) control unit.

3. Three-mode TC system:
Track-bred traction control technology provides greater confidence and reduces fatigue by delivering control over engine output that helps prevent rear-wheel spin. The system operates so smoothly and naturally that it does not interfere with handling, even when the rider wishes to engage in aggressive sports riding. The rider can freely select one of three modes using the convenient handlebar switch. Mode one is for sport riding with minimal intervention, mode two offers the ideal balance for typical road conditions and mode three delivers maximum traction control when riding in poor conditions.

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2. Themed LCD instrument cluster:
The full LCD brightness-adjustable instrument cluster packs a wide range of useful information into a relatively compact form factor. It is also designed to make the readouts from its multiple functions easy to recognise, plus, the panel features a custom display with graphics exclusive to the Katana with white lettering on a black background.

1. Styling points:
The Katana introduces a small rear fender supported by the swingarm that hugs the rear tyre. Moving it, along with the rear LED indicators and license plate holder, to this position eliminates parts extending from under the seat to give the tail section cleaner lines and a tougher, lighter new look. Yet more distinctive styling points abound, the LED headlight and LED front position lights accent the sharp lines of the cowling that covers the custom-designed instrument panel.