That’s right, the 2021 or third-generation Hayabusa has been launched in India just a little while ago. Suzuki has priced its iconic sports-tourer at Rs 16.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Interestingly, it’s been 13 years since there was a full update to the Hayabusa, and naturally, things have changed. But first, we must mention the fact that the first batch of 101 units was sold out within the first two days! But, that hardly comes as a surprise given its immense popularity.
In terms of the changes, power and torque figures are slightly lower than before. The 1,340cc, four-cylinder motor now churns out 187-bhp and 150-Nm of torque. However, Suzuki boffins claim the updated Hayabusa is still the quickest ever. Furthermore, Suzuki has significantly updated the electronics and braking systems on the 2021 Hayabusa. A lighter exhaust system also means that the updated Hayabusa has shed two kilograms of weight (264 kilograms). Moreover, there’s a new LED headlight and a TFT display next to the good ol’ analogue instrument cluster.
Moreover, the updated Hayabusa comes with Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) featuring SDMS-α. This offers a choice between three presets – Active, Basic, and Comfort, as well as three user-defined settings. Each one of these selects the mode settings as a group for the Power Mode Selector, Motion Track Traction Control, Anti-lift Control, Engine Brake Control and Bi-directional Quick Shift systems. The rider can toggle switches on the left handlebar to change modes and settings to make said selections.
Other particularly cool and useful features include a Launch Control System with three modes, Low RPM Assist, Cruise Control System, Motion Track Brake System, Slope Dependent Control System and Hill Hold Control System. There’s an even ‘Active Speed Limiter’ which allows the rider to set a speed limit the bike should not exceed.
If you’re in the mood though, the system can be temporarily overridden with one quick twist of the throttle. Other than that, the new Hayabusa comes in three different paint jobs – Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Burnt Gold, Metallic Mat Sword Silver/Candy Daring Red and Pearl Brilliant White/Metallic Mat Stellar Blue.
In all honesty, the Hayabusa is one of those bikes that didn’t really need many changes. It has been at the pinnacle of motorcycling excellence since 1999. It is easily one of the most recognisable designs in history. Recently, Akrapovič has unveiled a new slip-on exhaust system for the legend, as well. It is 31.6 percent lighter than the standard exhaust system and adds an additional 1.5-bhp of power and 1.9-Nm of torque.
Suzuki, nevertheless, has done an excellent job at keeping the Hayabusa up to date, especially in the tech-related features, this time around. Now, only a handful of questions remain. How long will it be before it gets a complete overhaul? Can it ever go the electric route (I know, blasphemy!)? Lastly, when do we get a second batch? Your guess is as good as mine, I suppose.