The new engine in the bike produces 78Nm at 6,800rpm and 82bhp at 8,500rpm and is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
Suzuki launched the GSX-8S streetfighter and the V-Strom 800DE at EICMA 2022 in Italy. The Suzuki GSX-8S is powered by a brand-new 776cc parallel-twin engine, with a 270-degree crank and double overhead camshafts. The new engine in the bike generates 78Nm at 6,800rpm and 82bhp at 8,500rpm and is paired with a 6-speed transmission. It comes with a slipper/assist clutch and a bi-directional quickshifter as an option.
The new double countershaft balancing mechanism of the Suzuki GSX-8S is the first use of such a technology in a production motorbike. This feature, known as the Suzuki Cross Balancer, reduces vibrations caused by the new parallel twin engine. The bike comes with a distinctive stubby 2-into-1 exhaust system, which produces excellent sound. To meet the stringent emission rules, the exhaust additionally has a two-stage catalytic converter.
A ride-by-wire electronic throttle enables the Suzuki GSX-8S to provide three riding modes – Basic, Active, and Comfort – each of which alters power delivery depending on the road conditions and the rider's preferences. The GSX-8S adopts the new design concept used by the Japanese bikemaker on the GSX-S1000. It gets large tank extensions, a compact tail section, and a vertically stacked LED projector headlight. The bike employs a perimeter frame with a bolt-on subframe. This chassis is supported with a monoshock and a KYB USD fork. Suzuki uses a 240mm disc at the back and two 310mm discs at the front for braking duties.
Deliveries for the sports ADV motorcycle will begin in February 2023 and for the street fighter in March 2023, first in North America and then in Europe. The bike's pricing has not yet been publicly disclosed. Both the V-Strom 800DE and the GSX-8S middle-weight motorcycles from Suzuki are anticipated to make their debut in India. If launched in India, the streetfighter will face competition from models like the BMW F750 GS and F 900 XR.