Suzuki Hayabusa Not Discontinued In India
The Busa’s 20-year dream run to come to an end soon; will pave way for an all-new model which is expected to be launched in 2020
- While the Hayabusa will be discontinued globally by the end of this year, it will continue to be sold in India until 2020
- The termination of the existing model could pave the way for an all-new 2020 Hayabusa
- The Suzuki Hayabusa was launched almost 20 years ago in 1999 and dominated its segment for eons
- Currently, the Hayabusa manages to outsell every other litre-class bike and even its primary rival, the Kawasaki ZX-14R, in India
The legendary Suzuki Hayabusa will soon be discontinued the world over thanks to the stringent Euro- IV emission norms. While most motorcycle manufacturers have been able to adapt to the new regulations and, in some cases, even adhere to Euro-VI norms, the Busa has failed to do so. As a result, the bike will be discontinued by the end of this year. Fortunately, the Busa, which gained stardom in India thanks to the blockbuster movie ‘Dhoom’, will continue to be sold in India until 2020. So, if you’re looking to get your hands on this beast, we’d suggest you rush to one of your nearest Suzuki dealerships now.
In terms of looks, the current-gen Hayabusa looks fairly similar to the first-gen model despite constant updates over the years. The name ‘Hayabusa’ was derived from the Japanese peregrine falcon, a bird which is known to exceed speeds to over 300kmph while diving. Similarly, the Busa, which was introduced back in 1999, was aerodynamically designed in a wind tunnel to slice through wind. While the bike isn’t the most beautiful looking, its purposeful design helped it achieve speeds upward of the 300kmph in stock form, earning it the title of the world’s fastest production bike. These blistering speeds pushed manufacturers to sign a gentlemen's agreement of limiting all litre-class production bikes to 299kmph.
Sadly, the legendary Busa will soon be extinct since it fails to comply with Euro-IV emission norms and a few other regulations that were introduced back on 1 January, 2016. That said, since all manufacturers were taken by surprise, they were given a grace period of two years, which ends on 31 December, 2018 to clear existing stocks. Post this, it's basically illegal to sell the Suzuki Hayabusa in Europe as a new bike. As per rumours, the Suzuki Hayabusa will be replaced by a newer model in 2020. Though there’s no official statement from the manufacturer themselves, we believe that Suzuki wouldn’t let go of the Busa name that easy.
Powering the current-gen Suzuki Hayabusa is a 1340cc, inline four, liquid-cooled motor that produces a staggering 196PS of power and 155Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. The bike also features Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector with three different power maps to choose from. Suspension duties are handled by 43mm KYB USD forks and a link-type suspension at the rear. Anchoring the bike are twin 310mm discs brakes up front and a single 260mm disc at the rear.
In India, the Suzuki Hayabusa is assembled from CKD kits at Suzuki’s plant in Gurgaon, Haryana. This has helped Suzuki price it at Rs 13.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), making it one of the most affordable superbikes in the country. Thanks to its pricing and demand, the Busa manages to outsell every other litre-class bike in India, including its arch-rival, the Kawasaki ZX-14R.