Suzuki Katana

Suzuki Katana 2022 – 150bhp & lots of new tech

Suzuki Katana

Suzuki is updating its Katana for 2022. As before, the Katana is heavily based on Suzuki’s super-naked GSX-S1000, which means that the recent updates of that model will now be available on the new Suzuki Katana 2022.

Suzuki Katana 2022 Engine

At the heart of the bike is the tried and tested, but now Euro 5 compliant, 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four-cylinder engine (based on the new-for-2021 GSX-S1000 platform) with a peak power of 150bhp. There’s a broader spread of torque across the rev range than the preceding model, thanks to a new intake and exhaust camshaft, new valve springs, new exhaust, and a new airbox. All this is delivered smoothly via a new ride-by-wire throttle.

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Ride modes

That smooth power delivery of the Suzuki Katana can be further controlled thanks to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system, with three selectable engine maps; all three deliver the same peak power, with mode A providing the sharpest, sportiest response, mode B a softer initial power delivery, and mode C delivering the softest response, ideal in wet and slippery conditions.

Suzuki Katana 2022

Quickshifter & clutch assist

A bi-directional quickshifter makes swift work of gear changes and enhances performance on sporty rides, and there are five modes of traction control to choose from to keep things in check. Traction control can also be turned off.

Added controllability and increased performance also comes thanks to a new Suzuki Clutch Assist System, with a slipper clutch that mitigates the effect of engine braking when downshifting from high rpm.

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Chassis

The new Katana uses the same lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame and GSX-R-derived swingarm, with fully-adjustable KYB front forks and a preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock. Brembo monobloc calipers bite 310mm front discs, mounted to six-spoke, cast aluminium wheels shod with Dunlop SPORTMAX Roadsport2 tyres, custom engineered for Suzuki’s GSX-S platform.

Suzuki Katana 2022 colours & availability

The 2022 Katana will also come in new colours, with the sharp, angular bodywork that so obviously takes design cues from the original machine from the 1980s now finished in a dark matt blue, complemented by gold forks and wheels, while a dark grey iteration is set off by red wheels. A revised dash gets a new red ‘night mode’.

Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the new Katana will be available in dealerships in spring 2022.

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For full details, visit https://bikes.suzuki.co.uk/

Test ride reviews will be available on MoreBikes and Motorcycle Sport & Leisure as soon as the bikes are ready to ride.

Suzuki Katana 2022 front

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