We all knew that a GSX- R1000 for the year 2012 was around the corner, and we really hoped to see a whole new revamped package. The GSX-R1000 for the year 2012 has been announced with a couple of changes but not as much as we hoped.

The new GSX-R1000 is a slightly revised derivative of the current model. Stories about the arrival of a completely new motorcycle with new engine, traction control and a host of new electronics have become a total hoax as the new GSX-R1000 is only slightly lighter, and runs a slightly revised engine. According to the official data, the Suzuki superbike is 2 pounds lighter, is more efficient and gets new brakes.

While Suzuki lists a series of small changes that are supposedly the cause of the reduction in mass of the bike, much of the savings actually come from moving from a double sided exhaust system to a single one. The engine gets 11% lighter pistons, new valves and vents, and because of these changes the GSX-R1000 is also more economical and produces more torque and better acceleration at low and medium RPM’s.

The compression of the engine is now increased to 12.9:1. In order to exploit all of the above changes the engine is now integrated in a new 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system. Here is a look at the official promo video.