After much pre-launch hype, Suter has finally released pics of its limited edition 500 two-stroke: the MMX500. The bad news is, it’s so exclusive, there ‘ll only be 99 of these GP replicas making production.
With a ridiculous dry weight of 127kg and 196bhp being delivered at 13,000rpm, the MMX500 emulates figures from the golden era of two-stroke GP racing. The frame (and swingarm) is CNC machined from aluminium and, as you’d expect, comes with a multitude of adjustment options. Gucci bolt-ons such as Öhlins, Brembo and OZ Racing wheels complete the replica stance.
But the crux of Suter’s handiwork has to be the V4 576cc two-stroke lump, with a ‘maximum speed of over 310kph’ and a bore/stroke of 56mm x 58.5mm. It features double counter-rotating cranks and electronic traction control, controlled by Mectronic ECU.
The cost of the Suter MMX500? 120,000 Swiss francs, or around £81,000. Bloody bargain.
Racing aficionados will be all too familiar with the Suter name, more recently for the firm’s chassis efforts in Moto2 but started back in the 90’s in the 250cc/500cc World Championships. Suter Racing also developed the engine of the fabled Foggy Petronas bike, and assisted Kawasaki with chassis work on the ZX-RR MotoGP project.
The MMX500 was, apparently, inspired by this year’s inaugural GP Legends festival at Jerez. Suter are encouraging potential owners to ‘be a team owner’ and allow riders like Gardner, Schwantz or Spencer let rip on your steed.