Suzuki launched the Hayabusa on the 26th of April and the new superbike is already sold out in India. Suzuki brought 101 units of the new Hayabusa to India and all of them are already sold in just two days. Despite COVID-19, the Hayabusa has shown tremendous demand from the Indian market. This shows that Indian people still love the iconic Hayabusa. Suzuki says that the deliveries of the motorcycle should start by mid-May. The 2021 Hayabusa is priced at Rs. 16.4 lakhs ex-showroom and the owners of the first batch of Busa will also get a ‘complementary’ rear seat cowl.
The second batch of owners will not get the complementary rear seat cowl. So, they would have to buy it separately. The booking amount for the motorcycle was set at Rs. 1 lakh. The design of the 2021 Hayabusa has been updated. Due to this, the new generation looks sleeker, meaner and modern. All the lights have been upgraded to LED units, the handlebar has been moved towards the rider so that it is easier to access, the windscreen is now taller which should offer better wind protection to the rider while driving on highways. There is also a new wider LED tail lamp and exhaust pipes. Just like the previous generation of Hayabusas, the new one has also had to undergo extensive wind tunnel testing.
Suzuki tweaked the suspension to offer better handling and ride quality and they also improved the brakes of the motorcycle. The manufacturer claims that the 2021 Hayabusa is the ‘quickest Hayabusa ever’ as they have retuned the torque delivery and made hosts of changes to the engine.
Speaking of the engine, it still is a 1,340cc, four-cylinder unit that is liquid-cooled. Suzuki is now using updated cams, new connecting rods, lighter pistons, new fuel injectors and a revised crankshaft. The new motorcycle might be the ‘quickest Hayabusa ever’ but has lost power and torque when compared to the previous generation. The 2021 Hayabusa generates 187 bhp of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque whereas the previous generation produced 194 bhp of max power and 154 Nm of peak torque. That is a drop of 7 bhp and 4 Nm. This should not really make much of a difference as the motorcycle is now more agile and has also shed off 2 kgs of weight. Despite all this, the fuel efficiency of the motorcycle has also gone down. The earlier Hayabusa used to return 21.5 kmpl whereas the new one returns 18.06 kmpl.
One of the biggest change that comes with the new generation comes in form of an extensive electronics package that has now been added. There is a new TFT screen that sits between the analogue dials. Suzuki is still using the iconic four analogue dials that we have seen on previous Hayabusas also. There are eight driving modes. There are four factory modes and four that can be configured by the rider. Then there is a cruise control system, Suzuki Easy Start System, Launch control system, slope dependent control system, hill hold control, Bi-direction quick shifter, traction control, cornering ABS, rear-wheel lift control and much more.