Suzuki has revealed its new GSX-8R sportsbike, which will join its GSX-8S naked bike stablemate, and rival the likes of the Yamaha R7 when it hits Australian showrooms likely in the first half of next year.

The GSX-8R builds on Suzuki’s new parallel-twin platform that debuted this year with its V-Strom 800 adventure bike and GSX-8S naked bike, but is distinguished by a full fairing and racey ergonomics befitting its sporty positioning.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

The fully faired GSX-8R will be priced from $14,990 rideaway, placing it slightly above the GSX-8S naked bike which checked in earlier this year from $14,190.

Motivating the bike, which tips the scales at 205kg with its 14-litre tank filled, is a familiar 776cc parallel-twin engine generating 61kW and 78Nm.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

The GSX-8R should boast improved handling characteristics thanks to a sharper forward-leaning riding position, optimised Showa front-and-rear suspension (compared to KYB of GSX-8S), a new aluminum swingarm and a narrow sports seat.

Also new is 17-inch wheels shod in Dunlop RoadSport 2 tyres, forged ‘separate’ handlebars and a unique front-end with a snub windscreen and stacked LED healights.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

A 5.0-inch TFT dash carries over from its stablemates, as does a ride-by-wire electronics system, an up/down quickshifter, Suzuki’s one-press ‘Easy Start’ ignition system, its take-off-aiding Low RPM Assist and stabilising Clutch Assist System.

The electronics package does not include a six-axis IMU, but does offer three power mapping options.

The 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R will be available in four colours: blue, yellow, silver and black.

Its main rival will likely be the Yamaha R7 ($15,649), which is similarly positioned as a soft middleweight sportsbike with a parallel-twin engine. For reference, the R7 draws power from a 689ccc mill outputting 54kW and 67Nm.

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