Remember when we said Suzuki wasn’t bothering with 2011? Well, it turns out they are bothering, but just a little bit. This official sketch previews the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 that will debut at Intermot Cologne on October 5.
What we’re looking at is a relatively minor facelift. The biggest visual changes are the four new air intakes stacked to the sides of the now slimmer headlamp. That headlamp now uses stacked high and low beams, moving the 600 and 750 visually closer to the 1000. This is no coincidence as the ’11 600/750 identical twins were designed by Shigeru Uchiyama, the same guy who penned the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Mechanically, expect a small weight reduction and an equally small power increase courtesy of minor frame and motor revisions.
These bikes were actually scheduled for a debut last year, but were pushed back when collapsing credit markets destroyed America’s ability to purchase expensive luxury goods it didn’t need. The facelift is intended to keep the GSX-R model line reasonably fresh without requiring a huge investment from cash-strapped Suzuki; an industry source suggested that these new bikes are revised to such a small degree that they won’t even require new tooling.
You'll find large versions of the above sketch and a shot of the '09 bike for comparison in the gallery below.