Suzuki is to bring out a low power version of its GSX-S1000 supernaked, with a 94bhp motor that can be easily limited to 47bhp for young riders restricted to an A2 licence.
Called the GSX-S950, the new machine actually uses the same 999cc engine as the GSX-S1000, which in turn is derived from the legendary 2005 GSX-R1000 superbike.
No price has been set for the GSX-S950, which will land in showrooms in August, although Suzuki say that it will come with a lower RRP than the £10,999 ‘1000’. Other than the different engine tune (the motor makes over three times the A2 limit in GSX-S1000 trim) the GSX-S950 is almost identical to the new-for-2021 GSX-S1000.
Lower spec 43mm KYB front forks and more basic Tokico brake calipers (replacing the GSX-S1000’s Brembos) help keep the costs down, while the ‘950’ also gets straighter handlebars and decals on the radiator shrouds. The GSX-S750, based on the previous generation platform, remains in the range for now too, but with a 112bhp powerplant it’s only accessible to riders with a full licence.
Otherwise the styling echoes that of the GSX-S1000, complete with the distinctive stacked headlamp, LED taillight and the same new seat and fuel tank of the 2021 GSX-S. It also has the same side pods as the full power machine, which feature MotoGP inspired internal winglets.
Overall, the GSX-S950 represents an interesting addition to the A2 class, where most of the competition comes from 500-800cc machines. Despite having its wings clipped the big bore GSX motor should still deliver most of the same mid-range grunt, with Suzuki claiming a healthy 82Nm peak torque at 6500rpm. The GSX-S950 also gets the same slip and assist clutch as the GSX-S1000, which delivers a really light and precise gearchange, as well as three stage traction control. It comes in three colour options: black, white (with red accents), or traditional Suzuki blue (with silver detailing).
We rode the new GSX-S1000, which is due in showrooms this month, and you can read our review here.