The 2022 Suzuki GSX-R600: A True Middle-Weight Japanese Supersport
The GSX-R600 has been around for over two decades now and remains a shining example of a Japanese middle-weight supersport that hasn’t grown in displacement like much of its rivals. Suzuki Motorcycles hasn’t made any updates to the bike for this year, barring the addition of new color schemes — Glass Matte Mechanical Gray, Pearl Brilliant White, and Glass Blaze Orange/Glass Sparkle Black.
The GSX-R600 is the smallest bike in Suzuki’s 2022 sportbike portfolio, but that doesn’t make it underpowered or incapable. Powering the bike is a 599cc, inline-four engine that — for the first time on a production Suzuki — uses technology derived from the manufacturer’s MotoGP engines. Suzuki does not reveal peak output figures for its motorcycles, but dyno runs have shown that the bike produces over 100hp and 44lb-ft of torque at the crank. This might not sound like a lot, but when you consider that the bike weighs just 187kg, fully fueled, it’s evident that there’s enough performance for you to play with.
This is a perfect motorcycle for someone looking to frequent the race track. There’s top-spec hardware on offer, from Showa suspension at either end and Brembo four-piston calipers at the front. You’ll also get access to the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector that gives the rider total adjustment of the motorcycle’s engine delivery to have the perfect power necessary whether you’re on the race track or commuting to work in the rain. For an extra $100USD, you can opt for the Z edition livery as tribute to their MotoGP team.
The 2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 starts at $11,499 USD / $12,499 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 in one place.
2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 / R600Z Specifications
|Engine||599cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC|
|Bore x Stroke||67.0 mm x 42.5 mm (2.638 in. x 1.673 in.)|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection with SDTV|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate type|
|Final Drive||Chain, RK525SMOZ8, 114 links|
|Suspension Front||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Brembo 4-piston, twin disc|
|Brakes Rear||Nissin, 1-piston, single disc|
|Tires Front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless|
|Tires Rear||190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17.0 L (4.5 US gal.) / 16.0 L (4.2 US gal.) CA model|
|Color||Glass Matte Mechanical Gray / Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Blaze Orange / Glass Sparkle Black|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (transistorized)|
|Spark Plug||NGK CR9EIA-9 or DENSO IU27D|
|Headlight||12V 65W (H9 high-beam) and 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)|
|Overall Length||2,030 mm (79.9 in.)|
|Overall Width||1135 mm (44.7 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm (5.11 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1,385 mm (54.5 in.)|
|Seat Height||810 mm (31.9 in.)|
|Curb Weight||187 kg (412 lb.)|
|Warranty||12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty|
|Extension||Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)|
2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 / R600Z Features
The 2022 GSX-R600 is available in new Glass Matte Mechanical Gray and Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Blaze Orange and Glass Sparkle Black paint schemes.
The GSX-R600’s compact, fuel-injected, 599cc, four-cylinder engine delivers a rush of power from idle to redline. Located between the frame’s spars, the engine’s top end is canted forward to improve cylinder head charging for increased power output.
The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) lets the rider adjust the engine’s power delivery to suit the riding conditions.
The twin-spar aluminum frame effectively connects the steering head with the swingarm pivot portion of the chassis in a way that balances light weight and strength. The engine is suspended below the frame to keep mass low and the wheelbase short to promote nimble handling.
The Showa Big Piston Front Fork (BPF) and remote reservoir rear shock absorber are fully adjustable to deliver exceptional handling.
Twin Brembo Monobloc, radially mounted front brake calipers grasp fully floating stainless steel brake rotors to deliver strong stopping power.
A compact 599cc, four-cylinder engine with a race-proven over-square bore/stroke ratio produces remarkably strong high rpm power delivery.
The energy-efficient engine employs forged pistons, shot-peened connecting rods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes to reduce frictional and mechanical losses.
Camshafts with aggressive valve-lift profiles were developed using proven MotoGP racing engine technology – the first time this method has been applied to a production Suzuki.
Lightweight titanium alloy valves are controlled by single-coil valve springs to reduce valve train mass, reducing mechanical losses at high rpm.
Lightweight and durable forged pistons were designed using the same Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology used for MotoGP racing engines.
Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection uses eight fine-spray eight-hole injectors for improved fuel atomization, which contributes to more complete combustion.
An Engine Control Module (ECM) provides state-of-the-art engine management and has enhanced settings to suit the intake and exhaust systems, resulting in better fuel economy and linear throttle response.
Advanced, MotoGP-developed transistorized ignition control programming helps maintain more precise spark timing across the range of engine speed and temperature.
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of two racing-developed engine control maps to suit road or track conditions and personal tastes.
Four-into-one stainless steel exhaust system with a titanium muffler is fitted with a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve that maximizes torque and improves throttle response, especially in the low- to mid-rpm range.
The close-ratio six-speed transmission features a taller first-gear ratio and shorter ratios for second, third, fourth, and sixth gears, making it easier for a racer to get a good start while improving straight-line acceleration and drive out of corners.
Lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum alloy frame is constructed of five cast sections to produce a balance of light weight and strength.
The frame is mated with a cast aluminum swingarm and multi-piece rear sub-frame that’s ready for racetrack use.
Race-developed, lightweight Showa Big Piston Front Fork (BPF) delivers superb feedback and consistent performance.
Single Showa rear shock absorber features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.
Electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.
Front brakes with fully floating 310mm discs are grasped by radial-mount, four-piston Brembo Monobloc calipers.
Three-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels are shod with lightweight, high-grip front and rear tires for sharp handling.
Three-way adjustable foot pegs, adjustable shift lever and short fuel tank help compose a comfortable riding position that permits the rider movement required for performance riding.
Compact, lightweight instrument cluster with a built-in lap timer/stopwatch and programmable engine rpm indicators alert the rider to certain shift points.
Trim, simple, and lightweight bodywork creates an exciting, aerodynamic style that truly works well at speed.
Distinctive multi-reflector headlight with vertically stacked high- and low-beam halogen bulbs is centered between position lights on each side.
Bright, durable LED tail light, with clear lens.
The front turn signals are integrated into the rearview mirrors while the rear tail section houses the rear signals.
The lightweight instruments also include an analog tachometer and LCD readouts that show speed, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, S-DMS, and gear position indicators.
Attention to rider comfort and confidence includes a carefully shaped seat with a high-grip cover.
Stylized Suzuki “S” 3-D emblems on the fuel tank and the fork upper bracket denotes the quality, sophistication, and performance legacy of the brand.
Optional single seat cowl can replace the passenger seat for an even more aggressive look or for use on solo rides or track days.
A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for GSX-R owners are available, including a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.
12-month limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).*
*Subject to separate coverage for certain parts and the exclusions and limitations described in the New On-Road Motorcycle Limited Warranty.
2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 / R600Z Photos
2022 Suzuki GSX-R600 / R600Z Videos
2020 Suzuki GSX-R600 Walkaround and Review by Highgear MX:
2020 Suzuki GSX-R600 Walkaround by AutoMotoTube: