While the new black tachometer face and red pinstripes on the wheels, single titanium muffler and golden-hued Monoblocs account for ample visual cues that separate the '12 from its predecessor, one twist of throttle at low rpm spells out the most significant difference: A combination of cam profile change, slight compression increase, exhaust tune and ECU mapping have resulted in an increase in midrange torque output without any loss of peak power. The dyno chart in the press kit suggests a flatter torque curve filling in some dips that previously existed. We'll find out soon enough when we get a test bike on the CW dyno, but for now, I can say I was impressed by how readily the Gixxer grunted out of Homestead's second-gear hairpin, beginning the drive with revs below 4500 rpm. Once the rain hit, I put in a few more laps sampling the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector B and C modes, and I'm very glad I did. Earlier in the day, in dry conditions, I was puzzled by a non-linear delivery when I rode in either alternate mode. It appears that rolling the throttle on too aggressively (which is easy to do on a grippy track) while in B or C mode was the issue. In the wet, I applied throttle more steadily and was rewarded with smooth, controlled delivery.