Suzuki has put together a sharp-looking, affordable sportsbike for India and other emerging markets of the world. Called the Gixxer 250 SF, the fully faired sportsbike will be launched in India later today, and a walkaround video of the motorcycle reveals all. The Gixxer 250 will be Suzuki’s Yamaha Fazer 250 challenger. The likes of the Honda CBR 250R and the KTM RC 200 are also likely to feel the heat from Suzuki’s latest. In terms of pricing, we expect the Suzuki Gixxer 250 to be priced near the Rs. 1.5 lakh mark. This would make the motorcycle pricier than the Yamaha Faazer 250, which is less powerful, but cheaper than the Honda CBR 250R. In a sense, pricing the Gixxer 250 SF at the Rs. 1.5 lakh mark would let Suzuki play the sweet spot in terms of pricing. For now, check the video out.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 SF will be powered by a 250cc, single cylinder four stroke engine that produces 26 Bhp of peak power and 22.9 Nm of peak torque. Like the Yamaha Fazer 250, this motor will get air and oil cooling, and will be a liquid cooled unit, unlike the on the Honda CBR 250R. The motor will run a four valve head, a single overhead camshaft and fuel injection though. The lack of twin overhead camshafts in the engine is a clear indication that Suzuki wants to price the Gixxer 250 SF very competitively. Other key bits on the motorcycle include telescopic front forks, monoshock rear suspension, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, a fully digital LCD instrument cluster, clip-on handlebars, split seats, full fairing and rear set footpegs.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 SF will be positioned as a sporty, everyday motorcycle that can also do the occasional weekend tourer duties. What will be interesting to see is whether Suzuki will deploy the same motor on naked street bike and cruiser variants, like it does in case of the Gixxer SF 150, whose siblings include the Intruder 155 and the Gixxer 150. While this would be a logical progression for Suzuki’s 250cc sportsbike range in India, the Japanese two wheeler giant has not confirmed anything for now. Coming back to the Gixxer 250, the motorcycle will lead Suzuki’s charge into the fast growing sportsbike market of India, which is currently dominated by the Austrian motorcycle brand KTM.
In the past, Suzuki had a presence in the 250cc sportsbike segment with the Inazuma 250. The motorcycle was equipped with a parallel twin engine known for its silky smoothness, but failed to take off in the market thanks to odd-ball looks and a steep price tag. In its second coming into this segment, Suzuki is expected to price the Gixxer 250 SF a lot more affordably, and this also means that the latest sportsbike will be a much better seller for the brand than the Inazuma 250. Later today, Suzuki will also launch the 2019 Gixxer 150 alongside the 250cc model. We’re riding both motorcycles at the Buddh International Circuit. Stay tuned for our full review later in the day.
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