The iconic Suzuki Katana is back, 38 years after the name first appeared at the Cologne Motor Show in 1980. Based on the original Hans Muth design, the 2019 Suzuki Katana takes styling cues from the first GSX1100S and underpins it with mechanicals from the GSX-R1000/GSX-S1000.

Curb weight for the new Suzuki Katana is said to be 215 kg, and the engine is Suzuki’s 999 cc, inline-four. The Katana’s K5-based mill produces 147 hp at 10,000 rpm and 108 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm, making it more of a sports bike than a pure super bike.

The Katana is brought up to date with three-mode traction control, ABS, upside-down forks and Brembo brakes. We can safely assume the front wheel is a 17-incher with modern rubber, replacing the 19-inch front wheel from the GSX1100S, something the author recalls with a sense of terror.

Unveiled at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, the new Katana comes with the same polarising styling as the original, which seems to have divided fans on the internet. Some like it, some profess distaste while others are giving it a “wait and see”, much like with the first Katana whose looks grew on the public and developed a cult following.

During his speech, Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki Motor Corporation said the company plans to remain customer focused and intends to launch 10 new models in the big bike arena by 2021. The 2019 Suzuki Katana will be produced in Japan and launched worldwide by the first quarter of 2019.