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Suzuki unveils sharper Katana for 2022, update gets more power and better electronics

Suzuki Katana 2022 bike on the road

Suzuki has unveiled a new, sharper Katana road bike for 2022, with more power, updated electronics and fresh livery.

Based on the improved Suzuki GSX-S1000 platform, the new Euro 5 compliant Katana produces 152PS at 11,000rpm boasting a broader spread of torque across the rev range than its predecessor.

It 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. Its six-spoke cast aluminium wheels are shod with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport2 tyres, custom engineered for the GSX-S line.

The design still pays homage to the eighties original, but the 2022 Katana comes in two new colour schemes, silver is out: choose from a dark matt blue, complemented by gold forks and wheels, or a dark grey iteration is set off by red wheels. A revised dash gets a new ‘red night’ mode.

Based on the improved Suzuki GSX-S1000 platform, the new Euro 5 compliant Katana produces 152PS at 11,000rpm…

Suzuki Katana 2022 in profile
The 2022 Katana comes in two new colour schemes – silver is out

Power delivery can be tailored using the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system; there are three selectable engine maps. All 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, best for wet and slippery conditions.

A bi-directional quickshifter makes swift work of gear changes and enhances performance on sporty rides. There are five modes of traction control to choose from to keep things in check, but you can turn this off if you prefer.

Completing the electronics package is Suzuki’s easy start system and low RPM assist, which raises engine speed as the clutch lever is fed out, to aid slow speed control and prevent stalling.

The new Katana will be available in dealerships spring 2022, price TBA.

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