Suzuki Motorcycles India has launched the much awaited Gixxer 250 in the country today. The fully faired quarter litre bike has been priced at Rs. 1,70,655 (ex-showroom, Delhi ). The launch event took place at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. The Gixxer 250 comes as a fresh breath of air in the quarter-litre bike segment in India which hadn’t seen much activity of late. The Suzuki Gixxer 250 challenger the like of the Yamaha Fazer 25, Honda CBR 250R primarily, though other bikes like the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, KTM RC200 and even the Yamaha R15 V3 provide it with some indirect competition.
Talking about the new Japanese bike, it looks quite good has a good stance for a 250 cc motorcycle. Suzuki has gone for a fully faired design with an exposed engine casing. The front end gets a three-piece headlamp cluster that is a full-LED unit. The fairing is designed sharply and does not look disproportionate as we have seen on some other bikes. The exhaust can gets a new twin barrel design while the split seats look sporty as well as practical. The Gixxer 250 comes with clip-on handlebars while the instrument cluster is a fully digital unit.
Coming to the firepower on this bike, the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is powered by a 249 cc, BSIV single-cylinder, oil cooled, SOHC engine that churns out 26 Bhp of power at 9000 rpm along with 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 7500 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The fuel injected engine churns out a decent amount of power which is more than the Honda CBR 250R (25.7 Bhp-22.9 Nm). Suzuki claims that the motorcycle returns a fuel efficiency of 38.5 km/l. Further, it has a kerb weight of 161 kg which though is not exactly light, is less than the CBR 250R and even the Bajaj Pulsar RS200.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 rides on multi-spoke, diamond cut, 17-inch alloy wheels that are shod on with tubeless 110/70 profile tire front and 150/60 tire at the rear. As for the suspension duties, they are taken care of by telescopic forks up front and a monoshock unit at the rear. Both the front and the rear wheels get disc brakes. Also present is dual channel ABS, which enhances safety while sudden heavy braking. Suzuki is offering the bike in two shades – Metallic Matte Platinum Silver and Metallic Matte Black.
To let you know, Suzuki previously sold a naked 250 cc bike by the name of Inazuma 250 in India but it didn’t become popular chiefly because of its high price tag. However, the Gixxer 250 looks like a promising bike and has covered all the basics. It looks good, has a powerful engine, is priced decently and comes with all the necessary kit. Suzuki is also offering additional accessories with the bike like a DC power socket, tank protectors, seat covers and smoked visor among others. It now remains to be seen if the Gixxer 250 turns out to be the success the Japanese manufacturer is hoping it to be.