Suzuki has sharpened its Katana for 2022, with the updated motorbike getting more power and an improved suite of electronics.
Based on the 2021 GSX-S1000 platform, the new, Euro5 Katana produces 152PS at 11,000rpm and a broader spread of torque across the rev range than the preceding model, thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, new valve springs, new exhaust and a new airbox. All this is delivered smoothly via a new ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle.
That smooth power delivery can be further controlled thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system, with three selectable engine maps. All three deliver the same peak power but vary the initial response.
The new Katana also features a bi-directional quick-shifter, five-mode traction control and a slipper clutch to stop engine braking locking up the rear wheel when downshifting from high revs.
New colours for 2022 see the sharp, angular bodywork, based on the original 1980s Katana, now finished in dark matt blue with gold forks and wheels or dark grey set off by red wheels. A revised dash gets a new red ‘night mode’.
The new Katana will be available in dealerships in spring.
Find out more at orwell.co.uk/suzuki/new-suzuki-motorcycle-range/street/katana