Suzuki Recursion rumours denied

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Rumours that Suzuki’s turbocharged concept bike, dubbed ‘Recursion’, will imminently go into production have been quashed by the firm.

Global chatter suggesting that the turbo had been given the green light stemmed from a Japanese publication, and this was regurgitated online around the world. But MCN can confirm that the project isn’t going to arrive in your local dealer anytime soon.

The idea behind the Recursion is to offer 1000cc superbike performance from a smaller and lighter package with a 588cc parallel-twin engine producing the power needed but with much lower emissions and fuel consumption.

But while Suzuki have openly discussed the possibility of new models featuring forced induction motors, there is no suggestion that Recursion is about to lead the charge.

Paul de Lusignan – General Manager at Suzuki GB told MCN: “Comments made in the media recently are based on pure speculation.

“However, it is fair to say that Recursion is a concept model with technology that we believe is achievable. At this point we cannot confirm if there is any possibility of the Recursion being launched as a mass production model in the future.”

This latest rebuttal appears to be ratified by the fact that Suzuki hasn’t lodged any recent patent applications for forced induction engines, either on a middleweight sportsbike or any other powered two-wheeler.

The immediate future for Suzuki is very much focussed on core models, with a refreshed V-Strom 650 and the imminent release of two new GSX-S1000 models.

The GSX-S is the clearest indication of the firm’s new strategic direction bearing fruit, as outlined to MCN when we visited the Japanese factory in March 2014. Head of product planning Hiroyuki Nakai said the firm was pulling away from high-volume small-capacity bike sales to concentrate more of its efforts on larger capacity bikes aimed at established markets. For us in the UK, that means the new GSX-S duo, and an expected – much overdue – overhaul of the GSX-R range.

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter