Suzuki revives Phantom moniker with special edition GSX-R1000R

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This Phantom returns not for the opera but to dominate the roads once again. Suzuki has chosen to revive the Phantom name with a new special edition, the GSX-R1000R.

According to the Japanese motorcycle company, the GSX-R1000R is “the most advanced, most exciting GSX-R in history,” and with the Phantom, it now has an aggressive new look to match.

The GSX-R1000R Phantom comes with a track-focused brake and clutch lever guards, a tank pad and fuel cap trim, and a smoked double bubble screen. Its matte black livery is matched with a single seat cowl with gloss black decals.

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Standing out against the stealthy black color scheme are gold wheels and gold Showa Balance Free front forks.

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Like its predecessor, the 2006 GSX-R1000 K6 Phantom, the GSX-R1000R Phantom is fitted with Yoshimura exhaust pipes — although this time it comes with an R11 silencer and heatshield finished in black metal magic with a carbon cap.

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Suzuki calls the GSX-R1000R Phantom “the most powerful, hardest accelerating GSX-R ever built.”

Power will come from an inline four-cylinder engine, which uses the same variable valve timing system as the MotoGP world championship-winning GSX-RR. The 199-horsepower bike comes with a full suite of electronics that features a bi-directional quick shifter, lean angle-sensitive, 10-mode traction control, and ABS, launch control, and three power modes.

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The GSX-R1000R Phantom is now available in the UK with a sticker price of £17,499 (roughly P1,207,290).

Photos from Suzuki

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