Suzuki have pulled the wraps off the all-new RM-Z450, and all we can say is WOW!

Not only does the 2018 RM-Z have an absolutely killer new look, there are some serious changes under the shrouds and new blue additions to the bodywork. The frame has had a redesign and is now more rigid and lighter, the Showa forks (like many in the industry) have gone back to springs and oil, and there’s even more power squeezed out of the 449cc DOHC engine thanks to a lot of tinkering to the airbox and injectors.

Then there’s the electronics, with the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) also getting an upgrade and now gives riders three different settings to choose from.

All in all it is a massive step forward for Suzuki’s MX1 machine and we can’t wait to get our hands on it when it finally arrives in the country in September.

But we’ve only just scratched the surface here, so for the detailed analysis, grab the next issue of DRD – on sale July 10!