Suzuki has filed multiple patent applications for a semi-automatic transmission system that may find its way on the next generation Hayabusa. Suzuki has filed three patents dealing with different aspects of the technology, filing each in Japan, the U.S. and in Germany.
The patents are credited to Hideaki Takahashi, who has several other patents related to Suzuki transmissions. The patents describe the use of actuators to control the clutch engagement and the shifting of gears, and, unlike Honda‘s DCT which uses paddle shifters, a traditional foot-controlled shift pedal. The result is a semi-automatic transmission, specifically, an automated manual transmission (AMT). The patents focus on the positioning of the actuators to make efficient use of space while also allowing them to be cooled by airflow.
The drawings in the patents depict the current Hayabusa (a.k.a. the GSX1300R in some markets) with a similar-looking engine, frame, and distinctive tail design. The current Hayabusa was first introduced in 2008 with only minor technical revisions since, and it’s possible this semi-automatic transmission could be applied to the current model. Remember, however, that the current Hayabusa does not comply with Euro 4 regulations and will soon no longer be a allowed to be sold in Europe.
A replacement is thus expected to come for 2019, with various rumors predicting a displacement change to 1440cc or the addition of a turbocharger. The larger displacement would make some sense, bringing the Hayabusa closer to its closest competitor, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. The turbo rumors seem less likely to us, as Suzuki has previously hinted at applying the technology to mid-sized engines rather than its largest Inline-Four. A semi-automatic transmission may be more likely than a turbo, benefiting from optimized gear shifting and higher efficiency.
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The current model will no longer be allowed to be sold in Europe after Dec. 31, 2018, so we could see a replacement during the fall motorcycle show season as a 2019 model. Incidentally, 2019 will represent the 20th anniversary of the Hayabusa, so we can expect other significant changes for a new model.
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