September 26, 2005 The latest incarnation of Suzuki’s world-beating GSX-R1000 performance sportsbike has landed on Australian shores and is expected to become available in most major markets in the next few weeks. Distributors have reported that demand for the current 2005 model has been very strong, and with the new colour options, particularly a matt black version, Suzuki expects the new 2006-model to be even more popula. The model is identical to the 2005 model apart from paintwork, which can be expected given that the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has a stranglehold on the World Superbike Championship, has already won the American AMA Superbike Championship and three-time Australian Superbike Champion, Shawn Giles is on the verge of claiming a record fourth title in the premier road-racing class as he heads into the final round with a 10-point advantage.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000’s 999cc, 16-valve, four-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC powerplant produces a claimed power figure of 178ps. Offering an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the GSX-R1000 tips the scales at just 166kg dry to be the lightest and strongest open-class sportsbike ever produced by Suzuki. Its sleek, aggressive design is further complemented by new livery for 2006 which includes the introduction into Australia of the Matt Black / Black colour scheme that has been immensely popular throughout Europe. Featuring a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty, the Suzuki GSX-R1000K6 is now available in Pearl Blue/White, Matt Black / Black or Metallic Grey and will sell in the Australian market at a suggested retail price of AUD$18,950 (inc GST) plus on-road costs.