Suzuki previously announced its plans to withdraw completely from racing. This was almost always true, as the brand withdrew from the most prestigious two-wheel racing series, MotoGP. However, the Japanese manufacturer decided that it would continue its racing prowess in the EWC with the very successful Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, currently fourth in the 2023 standings.
In the fall of 2022, Suzuki released a special edition Hayabusa inspired by the iconic Bol d’Or endurance race in France. This time, with summer in full swing, Suzuki has unveiled yet another limited edition sports machine. This time, the Japanese manufacturer has released a Race Edition of the popular naked bike, the GSX-S1000. Here, we find a unique color inspired by the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, as well as the addition of some upgrades to give the bike a sportier feel and better performance.
With the Suzuki GSX-S1000 Race Edition, Suzuki has transformed a standard GSX-S1000 into a track-ready machine. For starters, it gets a new rear end to provide a sportier line, as well as a full set of engine and crankcase guards from GB Racing. Of course, nothing expresses track-readiness more than a seat fairing, as well as red-painted Brembo calipers. To offer the bike a little more noise, the Race Edition also includes an Akrapovic exhaust system. On top of all this, the limited edition naked sportbike includes a numbered SERT FW plate and a Welcome Pack that includes a hat and a T-shirt.
From a performance standpoint, nothing really changes, as the Race Edition is essentially a cosmetic upgrade kit, with the exception of the Akrapovic system, which could add maybe two or three horsepower. That said, Suzuki’s 999 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected inline four-cylinder engine, with a maximum output of 152 hp, is Suzuki’s most powerful engine.
As for price and availability, the Suzuki GSX-S1000 Race Edition is a limited release exclusive to the French market. A range of accessories and extravagant decoration are quite expensive, with the bike selling for €16,999 – €3,500 more than the standard model.