Suzuki has launched an updated version of their 150 cc faired bike, the Gixxer SF. The much-awaited updated Gixxer SF was revealed a few days back in leaked pictures and gets a similar styling as the recently launched bigger brother, the Gixxer 250. The Gixxer SF has been priced at Rs. 1,09,870 (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is an increment of around Rs. 9,000 over than the previous ABS equipped model. The bike rivals the likes of the Yamaha Fazer 2.0 and the Hero Xtreme 200S chiefly. The Hero Xtreme 200S itself was launched recently and will provide the Gixxer SF with some good competition.
Talking about the Gixxer SF, the bikes now gets a much more aggressive design than the previous model. The new design is inspired by the bigger Gixxer 250 and the Gixxer SF gets a similar face. The headlights are sharp looking tri-panel units that give the bike a sharp and sleek look. Other changes include clip-on handlebars and new chrome-tipped double-barrel exhaust, a split seat design, and some new graphics to make the bike more attractive. The tail section has been revised too and the bike now gets a split seat design. Overall, it looks much more sporty than the previous model of the bike.
Though the bike looks like an all-new model, the changes made are more aesthetic in nature as the mechanical configurations remain more or less the same. The Suzuki Gixxer SF gets powered by a 155 cc air-cooled engine that puts out 13.9 Bhp of power at 8,000 rpm along with 14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Compared to the previous model, this one gets a slight drop in power output (14.6 Bhp vs 13.9 Bhp now). Further, the bike now weighs 146 kg, which is around 5 kg more than the previous version. The performance of the bike, therefore, will take a dip due to lower power and heavier weight.
The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and is a fuel-injected unit. Unlike the previous version of the bike, Suzuki has equipped the bike with a single channel ABS as standard. apart from this, the Japanese manufacturer has strengthened the frame on the new bike with a thicker centre tube and has also retuned the suspension slightly.
The bike rides on the same 17-inch alloy wheels and tubeless tyres (100/70-17 front and 140/60-17R rear) which did duty on the previous model of the bike. It now comes with ABS as standard fitment, though it is a single channel unit and not a double channel one in order to keep costs in check. As of now, there is no official word from the company about an updated naked version of the Gixxer. However, expect it to be brought in here soon and will come with similar changes as on the Gixxer SF.
As mentioned earlier, the Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 will take on the likes of the Yamaha Fazer 2.0 and the Hero Xtreme 200S chiefly. It will be interesting to see how the bike fares in the market now, given it now looks much more attractive. The pricing of the bike has been increased by more than Rs.9,000 as well but it comes with a host of improvements that justify the price.