In a world that expects constant novelty, six years is a long time to wait for something new, which may explain why you haven’t heard much about the GSX-S1000 lately. That changes now, as Suzuki has announced an overall for its biggest naked Gixxer for the 2022 model year, including a Euro 5-compliant engine that generates more low-end torque than before, a new ride-by-wire system with two additional traction control modes, an up/down quickshifter, a slipper/assist clutch, greater fuel capacity, and a sharp new face-lift that includes a stacked LED headlight assembly.
Updates to the 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four include new camshafts, valve springs, throttle bodies, and airbox, all of which Suzuki says adds up to a broader, smoother, more accessible torque curve and a marginal bump in power. The 4-2-1 exhaust system is now Euro 5 compliant, and a new Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) offers both slipper and assist functions for smoother, easier downshifting.
That’s if you’re using the clutch at all, as the 2022 GSX-S1000 also includes a standard up/down quickshifter as part of its S.I.R.S (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System). Based on a new ride-by-wire system that replaces the previous model’s mechanical throttle, the GSX-S1000′s tech now includes three ride modes (Active, Basic, and Comfort), five traction control settings plus off (compared to three on the previous model), and Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist and Easy Start features.
In the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category is the proven twin-spar aluminum chassis and aluminum swingarm lifted directly from the GSXR-1000, fully adjustable KYB suspension, and ABS-equipped Brembo brakes—radial mount Monoblock calipers gripping dual 310mm discs up front with a single 240mm disc in back.
Wrapping up the whole GSX-S1000 package is an angular and aggressive restyle, with a vertically stacked LED headlight assembly, a new LCD instrument, a new larger 5-gallon fuel tank, and Dunlop Roadsport 2 tires wrapped around the new wheels. The 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 will be available in US dealers in fall 2021 in three colors: Suzuki’s flagship Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Mechanical Gray, and Glass Sparkle Black.