The chassis is designed to be nimble and easy to flick through corners.

The chassis is designed to be nimble and easy to flick through corners. (Suzuki/)

Lately Suzuki has been busy debuting its new 776cc parallel twin engine and then showcasing the mill in the new V-Strom 800DE. But that’s not all: Now we get to see the powerplant in all its glory in the GSX-8S naked streetfighter. Pricing and availability, however, remain under cover for now.

Everything about the GSX-8S is new from the ground up. We previously detailed the features of the new engine (see above), which employs a 270-degree firing order and Suzuki Cross Balancer design to reduce vibration, promising v-twin feel with more power and a unique exhaust note. Unfortunately, Suzuki has yet to provide concrete figures in terms of horsepower and torque.

Riders will be able to move seamlessly through the six-speed transmission thanks to the inclusion of suzuki’s Bi-directional Quick Shift system as standard kit on the 8S. The bike will also feature the Suzuki Clutch Assist System to smooth feel and performance at the lever.

The new engine is neatly held in a steel backbone frame, which has a narrow steel subframe and aluminum swingarm designed to optimize rigidity and stability. The bike is suspended on KYB kit front and rear, with a USD fork providing 5.1 inches of travel and a link-type monoshock at the rear offering preload adjustment. Nissin four-piston calipers grip a pair of 310mm discs at the front; a single-piston Nissin caliper and 240mm disc handle braking duties at the back.

The 8S will pack a decent assortment of electronics as well. Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System takes care of the traction control, quick shifter, and drive mode selector. There will be three drive modes and four traction control settings. Ride-by-wire is also included, as is Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist and Easy Start systems. All the bike info will be displayed on a 5-inch, full-color TFT instrument panel.

Looks-wise, the 8S is the spitting image of the GSX-S1000, with its angular beak and stacked LED headlights. The 8S will be available in either Pearl Cosmic Blue, Pearl Tech White, or Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black colorways.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S Technical Specifications and Price

Engine: 776cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore x Stroke: 84.0 x 70.0mm
Compression Ratio: 12.8:1
Fuel Delivery: EFI w/ride-by-wire
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc slipper/assist, Bi-directional Quick Shifter
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Steel backbone
Front Suspension: KYB fork, 5.1 in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB link-type monoshock w/preload adjustment
Front Brake: 4-piston Nissin calipers, dual 310mm discs, ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston Nissin caliper, 240mm disc, ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 17 in / 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2, 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Trail: 25.0°/4.1 in.
Wheelbase: 57.7 in.
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 445 lb.
Available: TBD
Contact: suzukicycles.com

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S is a ground-up design which utilizes the brand’s new 776cc twin.

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S is a ground-up design which utilizes the brand’s new 776cc twin. (Suzuki/)

Styling cues are taken from the larger GSX-S1000.

Styling cues are taken from the larger GSX-S1000. (Suzuki/)

The new GSX-8S is suspended on KYB kit front and rear.

The new GSX-8S is suspended on KYB kit front and rear. (Suzuki/)

NISSIN calipers handle braking duties.

NISSIN calipers handle braking duties. (Suzuki/)

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black.

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black. (Suzuki/)

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Cosmic Blue.

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Cosmic Blue. (Suzuki/)

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Tech White.

The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S in Pearl Tech White. (Suzuki/)

The mid-pipe leads into an under-chassis muffler that promises a unique and exciting exhaust note.

The mid-pipe leads into an under-chassis muffler that promises a unique and exciting exhaust note. (Suzuki/)

Preload adjustable link-type monoshock.

Preload adjustable link-type monoshock. (Suzuki/)

The cockpit provides an upright riding position and comfortable seat for rider and passenger.

The cockpit provides an upright riding position and comfortable seat for rider and passenger. (Suzuki/)

A view from the bars, where you can see the 5-inch full-color TFT instrument panel.

A view from the bars, where you can see the 5-inch full-color TFT instrument panel. (Suzuki/)

The pointed beak and stacked LED headlights make the 8S a spitting image of the GSX-S1000.

The pointed beak and stacked LED headlights make the 8S a spitting image of the GSX-S1000. (Suzuki/)

Dual disc brakes at the front.

Dual disc brakes at the front. (Suzuki/)
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