Suzuki revives Phantom moniker with special edition GSX-R1000R


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.


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


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.


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.


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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