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Redesigned Suzuki GSX-S1000 gets aggressive new looks, more low-end power

The Suzuki GSX-S1000 has gotten a thorough redo.

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The 2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000 has been reborn. The manufacturer has given the bike a redesigned aesthetic that reveals aggressive looks that pair with modern technology and recalibrated power.

Suzuki has refreshed the entire bodywork and lighting of the bike, focusing on sharp lines and a powerful stance. It has what the company calls a "mass forward" demeanor with textured radiator shrouds, MotoGP-insipired winglets, and side panels that feature an urban camo-inspired design.

At the front is a vertically stacked headlight that features a new, mono-focus LED light source that displays a wider, light stream from a lighter and tighter unit than what you'll find in the last-gen model. At the rear there's a LED taillight that's flanked by LED turn signals.

2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000

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A new chassis structure is designed to make the bike more stable through the turns. Its suspension has also been refreshed with new equipment designed to make the ride more comfortable. A new seat also helps with that.

Suzuki will sell the GSX-S1000 in the buyer's choice of metallic triton blue, mechanical matte grey, or gloss black.

The moto's four-cylinder engine has more power and a broader torque spread than the previous generation's. There's anew intake and exhaust camshaft, new valve springs, new clutch, and new exhaust. This equipment enables a flatter torque curve that gives riders access to more power at a lower speed. The exhaust retains the same note as the outgoing model. The bike meets Euro 5 emissions standards.

A larger 19-liter fuel tank provides a range of 194 miles. Wheels are wrapped in custom-engineered Roadsport 2 tires from Dunlop.

The manufacturer has equipped the motorcycle with their Clutch Assist System. This system allows the slipper clutch to partially disengage to reduce negative engine torque and mitigate the effect of engine braking at speed. It's designed to help keep the rear wheel from locking up and provide smoother deceleration.

Suzuki offers the bike with its Intelligent Ride System (SIRS). There's a new ride-by-wire throttle and the option of adding the new Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) system. SDMS allows drivers to choose between three engine mapping options. A new bi-directional quickshifter is also present. Drivers have access to five different traction control options.

Front and center so the driver can easily see is a LCD dash.

The new GSX-S1000 will be available in Suzuki dealerships from the end of June, with an RRP of £10,999.

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Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods The tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions SEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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