New 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa? No, Says CARB Docs

The 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa…remains unchanged…

Updated August 23, 2018

The 2018 Hayabusa will remain unchanged from the last iteration, shooting down any hopes we had for a fearsome supercharged hyperbike, according to CARB documents. We’ve heard multiple rumors that Suzuki were going to be bringing something supercharged and furious into the mix to combat the Ninja H2 and H2R, but it seems like Suzuki have put those plans on ice for the moment. It doesn’t mean that it won’t happen though.

Disappointingly, The 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa Remains Unchanged

2018 Suzuki Hayabusa 2

The last batch of rumors suggested that Suzuki would be ditching the conventional 1300cc arrangement for the Hayabusa 2018 model in favor of a larger 1400cc engine. It was an interesting proposal, and we were expecting to see this H2R killer arriving on the scene sometime soon. It’s a logical move. Kawasaki’s supercharged offerings have no problems selling – there’s definitely more demand than Kawasaki can supply in that department. And adding a supercharger to a Hayabusa is already common practice among enthusiasts. Putting two and two together should be obvious for the designers at Suzuki. But alas, it’s not be…for now.

2018 Suzuki Hayabusa 3

According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Suzuki’s application for the 2018 GSX1300R Hayabusa shows unchanged emissions figures for the 2018 model, suggesting that it will be mechanically identical to the 2017…and the 2016, and 2015, and all the way back to 2008 in fact. So, yeah, that’ll be ten years of unchanged Hayabusa…which is pretty outrageous. Given that we’re coming up to the ten year anniversary of the second generation Busa, we expected something special. Maybe devoted fans will get a new color option or something? But don’t hold your breath.

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While this might be disappointing, we’re just hoping that Suzuki might be focusing their efforts on something else instead: perhaps supercharging a GSX-R1000 or something like that? Or maybe Suzuki are just giving the conventional, naturally aspirated Hayabusa a final outing before replacing it in 2019 with something truly worth the wait? That being said, don’t rule out a supercharged Hayabusa just yet. 2019 could be its year instead.


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