Published on August 25th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin


Suzuki Katana Now In Malaysia, Priced At RM77,989

One of the most iconic nameplates is now available here

It appears that Suzuki Malaysia has quietly launched the new 2021 Suzuki Katana, almost a year after announcing its return to the local market. According to Bikes Republic, the price quoted by a Suzuki dealership is RM77,989.

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Reintroduced in 2018, the new Katana is largely based on the GSX-S1000 but borrows some retro styling cues from the original model that made the headlines in the 80s. These include the vertically stacked headlights, which are LED by the way, and the bulky fairing with a beak-like feature on the front. It even comes in the same silver colour scheme with red lettering on the sides.

Powering the Katana is a reworked version of the 2005-2008 GSX-R1000 engine, which is a 999 cc, inline-four unit that now makes 147 hp at 10,000 rpm and 108 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm. Power is transferred to the ground via a six-speed transmission with Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS).

In terms of technology, new throttle module and cables help avoid abrupt acceleration while a low-rpm assist system eases taking off at a standing start. There are also three traction control modes (1, 2, 3 and Off) that can be operated through the toggle switch on the left handlebar.

Built around a lightweight twin-spar aluminium alloy frame, the Katana is equipped with an inverted 43-mm Kayaba fork at the front and a single adjustable link-type shock at the rear. Size-wise, the sports bike is 2,130 mm long, 835 mm wide and 1,110 mm tall, while the seat is set 825 mm from the ground. It tips the scale at 215 kg.

At the front, a pair of four-piston Brembo callipers are paired with 310 mm discs, while at the rear, there’s a single-piston Nissin calliper. Bosch ABS is equipped as standard. The Katana rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in tubeless tyres measuring 120/70 at the front and 190/50 at the rear.

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