Suzuki has unveiled the Katana in India at the 2020 Auto Expo and it has been a long time waiting. It is a motorcycle that revives the essence of the ’80s and is named after an iconic sports tourer that rose to fame during the late 80s and early 90s. It was launched internationally at the 2018 EICMA in Milan. But India gets it now and the official launch date and pricing are yet to be determined by Suzuki. But we finally get to see it.
2020 Suzuki Katana is a heavily modified Suzuki GSX-S1000F and uses the same 999cc in-line four engine which pumps out 147 bhp of power and 105 Nm of torque at the higher end. Power and torque surge in at over 9500 RPM and thus this is a machine that loves to be revved hard.
Much like its predecessor, this one has also been tweaked in terms of rider posture to provide a relaxed position. But everything underneath the sharp and neo-retro semi-cowling has been shared extensively with the GSX-S1000F. It gets the same twin-spar aluminium frame which does a pretty good job of holding the sweet revving in-line four motors in. The relaxed riding posture gives riders the flexibility to enjoy the supersport performance in a tourer stance.
The design language is surely an eye candy as it incorporated many of the cues which were on the tourer from the 80s. The square headlight unit is its testimony and adds a new-retro look to it. The split LED headlight unit is this bike’s only blunt component as all of the rest is sharp like a “Katana”. It gets a split uniseat which is surprisingly very comfortable and we can already see the grin on many potential superbike buyers due to this very practical approach from Suzuki.
Suzuki has also slapped on a full-colour TFT display which shows all of the vital information crisply and efficiently. The suspension setup is taken care of by KYB which has a fully adjustable 43mm upside-down forks and a link-type mono-shock at the rear. Electronics are also well packed in the Katana and also includes a three-level traction control to cater meticulously with the rider preferences. Brembo takes care of braking and has Dual-channel ABS as well. Looks are the one to talk about with this bike as it has a very well put together Semi-fairing and flaunts sharp lines. This highlighting feature also adds to the kerb weight of Katana which puts it at 215 kg!
Unfortunately, Suzuki has bought in the Katana at Indian Auto Expo 2020 to observe customer reactions and have no decisions of launching it yet. If they observe enough traction from the consumers, then we might get this unique looking proposition and Suzuki might have to plan on bringing it in as a CKD(Completely Knocked Down) unit instead of a CBU(Completely Built unit) to keep prices down and competitive. The 2020 Suzuki Katana has completely bowled us over with its impressive performance figures and the subtle yet dramatic bodywork.