Pardon the pun, but Suzuki has unsheathed its Katana today. After giving us a brief teaser only a couple of weeks back, the Japanese marque has launched the highly-anticipated Katana at our shores today. Priced at Rs 13.61 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), and available in two colours – Metallic Matte Stellar Blue and Metallic Mystic Silver, the Katana goes up against the BMW S1000R as its competition. 

Suzuki Motorcycle India Managing Director Satoshi Uchida said in a statement, “The Katana reflects Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to fine craftsmanship and its willingness to sweat every detail to get them right. The launch is a part of our strategy to solidify our big bike portfolio in the country,” 

The ‘Katana’ moniker has a legendary status in the auto community, inspiring a generation of fans across the globe since the 80s. Ever since its production ended in 2006, fans have been begging for a revival of the brand. Suzuki finally heard their prayers back in 2018, when they officially bought it back in a modern avatar. 

First things first, the Suzuki Katana is classically styled with its sharply sculpted fuel tank, reminiscent of the bike from the 80s. Adding more flair, the iconic square-shaped headlamps, with LED lighting, have also made their way into the modern iteration. But everything underneath is quite modern with tech like Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, a ride-by-wire throttle, low rpm assist and Suzuki’s Easy Start system on offer. 

Adding more modernity to the motorcycle, a digital instrument console along with a three-mode traction control system, a dual-channel ABS and upside-down forks have also been added to the mix. Braking hardware here consists of twin Brembo Monoblocs 310mm discs up front and a single one at the rear. Powering the neo-retro motorcycle is a 999cc, inline-four motor. This is the same long-stroke version of the 2005-2008 GSX-R1000-derived 999cc engine. It makes 152PS of power and 106Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed slipper clutch-enabled transmission. 

With its pricing, the Katana is around Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the BMW S1000R. However, in its category, it’ll also compete against the Honda CB1000R, the Yamaha MT-10, Kawasaki Z1000, BMW S 1000 R and Ducati Monster 1200.

Image credits: Suzuki Two Wheelers