Suzuki’s 2024 model-year announcement unveils the return of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-8S naked sportbikes to the US market.
Key points of the 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-8S:
- 999cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, inline-four cylinder engine
- 150 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque
- Multiple ride modes
- ABS-equipped Brembo brakes
- 17-inch wheels
- Available in two colours: Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Matte Sword Silver
- MSRP: $11,699 USD
- 776cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crankshaft
- Multiple ride modes
- Traction control
- Available in three colours: Glass Matte Mechanical Gray, Cosmic Blue, and Metallic Matte Black No. 2/ Glass Sparkle Black
- MSRP: $8,999 USD
These models maintain their mechanical prowess and performance features while introducing fresh color choices. Despite facing criticism for a perceived lack of innovation, Suzuki has reclaimed attention with the EICMA 2022 launch of the GSX-8S and V-Strom 800DE models, showcasing a new 776cc parallel-twin engine.
Let’s delve into the revamped bikes. The GSX-S1000, for 2024, boasts a 999cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine, a derivative of the K5 GSX-R1000, fine-tuned for optimal road performance, generating 150 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque.
Technological advancements shine through the GSX-S1000’s multiple ride modes, facilitated by a throttle-by-wire system and accessed via a TFT instrument cluster. The bike’s halting power is attributed to ABS-equipped Brembo brakes, while 17-inch wheels ensure a smooth ride. The suspension system employs fully adjustable KYB components.
For 2024, the GSX-S1000 retains the popular Metallic Triton Blue color scheme with white accents. A new Metallic Matte Sword Silver edition exudes sportiness with red accents on the front fairing and tail section. The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is set at $11,699 USD.
In parallel, the Suzuki GSX-8S remains largely unchanged for 2024, following its 2023 global introduction, with minor cosmetic enhancements. It is now offered in a new Glass Matte Mechanical Gray paint option, alongside the existing Cosmic Blue and Metallic Matte Black No. 2/Glass Sparkle Black choices.
Priced at $8,999 USD for the 2024 model year, the GSX-8S caters to riders seeking a nimble streetfighter. Its 776cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, designed with a 270-degree crankshaft to emulate a V-twin’s power and sound, underscores its versatility. The bike features advanced technologies including multiple ride modes, traction control, and ABS, accessible through a sizable five-inch TFT display.
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Suzuki’s strategy appears to strike a harmonious chord between retaining proven elements, introducing mechanical refinements, and integrating modern technology to elevate the riding experience. The GSX-S1000 and GSX-8S offer distinctive choices for riders, catering to varying performance, style, and feature preferences.