Suzuki has introduced a midlife update for its flagship litre-class naked roadster, Katana. The new Suzuki Katana gets a slew of minor updates and new features, all of which update its overall look and overall performance.
2022 Suzuki Katana – What’s new?
First of all, the new Suzuki Katana now comes in two new colour options of Metallic Matte Stellar Blue with golden wheels and Solid Iron Gray with red wheels. It also gets a couple of new features in it, such as a bidirectional quick-shifter and rubber-mounted handlebar. There have been updates introduced for the riding modes, five-level traction control, slipper clutch and full-LCD instrument console too.
Apart from the updates to the feature list, the new Suzuki Katana also gets a few noteworthy revisions to its powertrain. The engine now features a new intake and exhaust camshaft and revised airbox, valve springs and exhaust. All these changes to the powertrain make it more refined and powerful, with it now producing a maximum power output of 150 bhp – 2 bhp more than before.
2022 Suzuki Katana – What’s remained unchanged?
Apart from these minor but noteworthy updates, the Suzuki Katana remains more or less the same motorcycle. Compared to the edgy looking GSX-S1000, the Katana has a more extrovert and unique design, with a hint of the original Katana from the yesteryears.
The Suzuki Katana continues to get a rectangular all-LED headlamp with recessed turn indicators on the semi-fairing. Other prominent design highlights of the Katana are a large and beefy looking fuel tank with sharp creases, a suspended tail section with a small LED tail lamp and a rear tyre hugger.
The Suzuki Katana shares its four-stroke, liquid-cooled, inline-four, 999cc engine with the other Suzuki motorcycles like GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000 GT. The engine here now produces a maximum power output of 150 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 108 Nm @ 9,500 rpm. A 6-speed gearbox channels the power produced from the engine to the rear wheel via a chain drive.
The overall chassis of the Suzuki Katana is also unchanged at the same time. The motorcycle continues to get 43mm KYB upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a link-type mono-shock at the rear. The Katana shares its braking combination of dual 310mm disc at the front and a single 220mm disc at the rear, as well as 120/70 ZR17 front and 190/50 ZR17 rear tyres.
2022 Suzuki Katana – Will it come to India?
The Suzuki Katana was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo and managed to grab a lot of attention owing to its extrovert appeal. However, since then, no confirmation from Suzuki was given regarding its official launch in India. For this updated model too, Suzuki hasn’t given a green signal officially. However, post the commencement of the BS6 era, Suzuki is having a dearth of motorcycles in its big bike lineup, with only Hayabusa and V-Strom 650 serving in that space. This updated version of the Katana will be a perfect addition to that lineup.