The discontinued Suzuki Hayabusa received its last update in India back in December 2019 with almost no mechanical change
Suzuki Motorcycle India has finally and officially discontinued the ageing Hayabusa. In other words, the iconic superbike will not be updated to meet BS6 emission standards that kick in from 1 April 2020. The ‘Busa’, which is easily one of the most popular superbikes on the planet, was already removed from the Japanese brand’s global portfolio but remained available in India as a locally-assembled product.
The Suzuki Hayabusa aka GSX1300R received its final update on the Indian market for the 2020 model year, with almost zero changes to the mechanical side except for a new front brake calliper. The update was mostly cosmetic with the addition of two new shades of paint. The ex-showroom price tag stood at Rs 13.75 lakh.
With no BS6 update in the horizon, premium Suzuki dealerships are struggling to clear out the remaining BS4-compliant Busa units. As per the new norms, no BS4 vehicle (regardless of the category) can be legally registered in the country post 31 March 2020. For the same reason, potential buyers may be able to find a good deal on the last and final avatar of the iconic super sports motorcycle.
The original Suzuki Hayabusa made its debut back in 1999 and immediately attained the title of being the fastest motorcycle in the world. The word ‘Hayabusa’ or ‘?’ stands for ‘Peregrine Falcon’ in Japanese — for good reason — since the bird can do a fast hunting dive and hit speeds more than 300km/h. The first-generation Hayabusa was capable of hitting almost 315km/h but around the same time, there were rising reports of a possible import ban in Europe.
In an interesting turn of events, Japanese and European two-wheeler manufacturers reached an agreement to limited their fast products’ top speed to around 300km/h at the maximum. This is the reason why purists and motorcycle enthusiasts often refer to the second- or current-generation Hayabusa as a bit more mature and less brutal.
Among the common Indian, the Busa was not popular due to its impressive facts and figures but because actor John Abraham rode it (with NOS!) in the Bollywood movie, Dhoom (2004). In fact, the Suzuki Hayabusa could be the only superbike known by the least-knowledgeable individuals, if not the Yamaha R1.
The 2020 Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1,340cc inline-four engine that churns out 197bhp at 9,500rpm and 155Nm of torque at 7,200rpm. It can hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.74 seconds before peaking out at 299km/h (limited). Suzuki is apparently working on the next-gen Busa behind closed doors.