Suzuki has added a new street-fighter to its stables, unveiling the all-new GSX-8S at the 2022 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.  

According to Suzuki, the GSX-8S ushers in a new era of ground-up mid-capacity engineering. It’s designed to be an all-rounder, combining stunning street-fighter looks, performance, and confidence-inspiring handling, for the GSX-8S to be equally capable, whether commuting or back-road blasting. 

For the engine, there’s a brand new 776cc parallel-twin outputting 61kW (82hp) at 8500rpm and 78Nm of torque at a low 6800rpm. The engine has a 270-degree crankshaft and introduces the patented Suzuki Cross Balancer which contributes to even smoother operation and a lightweight design.

Down below, there’s a new two-into-one exhaust system, which happens to also feature the shortest muffler ever mounted on a Suzuki motorcycle. Suzuki still managed to package in a catalytic converter, and make it Euro 5 emission compliant too, which is some pretty impressive engineering.  

Just like the engine, the steel frame in the GSX-8S is also a completely new design. There’s also a unique aluminium swingarm, KYB suspension, Nissin radial-mount monobloc brakes and cast-aluminium wheels with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres as standard.

There’s also some fresh tech to back it up, including a five-inch TFT multi-function dash, all-LED lighting and Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (SIRS). This includes multiple ride modes, three-stage traction control (plus off), ABS, a bi-directional quickshifter and Suzuki’s Easy Start System.

There are three colours available at launch, including Pearl Cosmic Blue and Pearl Tech White, both created exclusively for the GSX-8S, and Metallic Matt Black No.2/Glass Sparkle Black.

The GSX-8S will be available in August 2023. Pricing will be revealed closed to the date. 

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Alistair Weekes
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