An expected sports tourer that is slated to debut globally at the upcoming INTERMOT 2018 in Cologne on October 2, has been teased via the Japanese bike maker. Not sharing any detailing of the forthcoming, the teaser confirms the revival of nameplate Katana, which was in existence in the late 70s. That time, the automaker used Katana branding for promoting brand’s pretty acknowledged sports tourer, the GSX-R600 and the GSX-R1000 models.
Historically, Katana is a traditional hand forged Japanese sword used by the samurai and feudal Japan. With the tagline, “feel the edge” video showcases the same. Somewhere it hints the resurrection of Katana nameplate for which the brand has filed patent in the US and Europe a few years ago.
The Katana, at the time getting expired from the market, were an evolved low-slung sportbike. As earlier, we assumed the new Katana will also be based on the GSX-R1000.
From the sources, it is also remembered that Katana has been exhibited privately by Motocilismo, and at the last year’s EICMA show in Milan, a new Suzuki Katana with next-gen power cruiser styling was previewed. Inspired by the GSX-R1000 styling, the concept was garnished with the original Katana’s styling bits. Though, in the production-ready guise, we could see a different styling as Suzuki’s official.
If the bike will carry the retro classic appeal from the discontinued model, it will fall in the bike category of BMW R Nine T and Kawasaki Z900RS.
Other than this, the rumours are also waving around of it being the market ready iteration of the Recursion concept that not only compliments but also pay a homage to the original Katana. The Recursion concept was a turbocharged motorcycle under pipeline from a quite some time now.
As of now, nothing can be said, its official unveiling at the INTERMOT 2018 will tell the truth. So just wait and watch for its rollout.