Suzuki has revealed its hotly-anticipated new Hayabusa hyperbike which will be available late March, priced from £16,499.
The third-generation Hayabusa still has the iconic, unique Hayabusa aerodynamic silhouette and styling but features more than 550 new parts, including:
Launched in 1999, the Hayabusa stunned the motorcycling world and gave birth to the hypersport category.
Taking its name from the Japanese for Peregrine falcon, famed for feasting on blackbirds, it delivered unrivalled performance, had an immediately recognisable silhouette and won cult status.
The Hayabusa was dropped from the Suzuki range in Europe at the end of 2018, almost 20 years after its debut, because it did not meet Euro 4 emissions regulations.
Nearly 200,000 units later, the third-generation Hayabusa takes all that was right with the genre-defining hyperbike, enhanced by the latest technologies to provide greater control and improved comfort to maintain its position as the ultimate sports bike.
A fresh face comes from new vertically stacked LED headlights and there are new LED rear combination lights. The straight-edged exhaust and mufflers, sweeping up towards the tail, were designed to create a mass-forward look.
Redesigned clocks see two large, more legible dials flanking a new TFT display.
The 1340cc, inline four-cylinder engine produces 190PS and 150Nm of torque. It has been extensively reworked to boost power and torque in the low and mid-range RPM.
Combined with new performance-enhancing electronics and a new ‘ride-by-wire’ electronic throttle system, this more rideable, flexible and durable engine also makes it the fastest-launching Hayabusa. Top speed is still electronically limited to 186mph.
Fully-adjustable front and rear suspension has been tweaked to improve stability at speed, turning ability and grip from the specially-designed Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres.
There are bigger 320mm front brake discs while Brembo Stylema calipers help improve stopping power.
Sales manager Mark Trench said: “Owners have held on to their Hayabusas, probably more than any bike I’ve known, as they have a real affinity with this legendary motorbike.
“Hayabusa is almost a brand in its own right, with its own image and fan base.”