The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is scheduled to be launched on May 20 in India. Going by the recently released teaser image, we can say that the upcoming quarter liter motorcycle adopts an aggressive styling.
The motorcycle features a full fairing but there could also be a street fighter version on the cards, just like the smaller engined Gixxer variants. Expect it to wear split seats with high mounted tailpiece (identical to the one on the international-spec GSX250R), fat rear tyre and clip on handlebar.
The teaser image shows a shield-shaped headlamp cluster (likely to house LED elements) which is inspired by bigger Suzuki sportsbikes. It goes without saying that the motorcycle will have a fully digital instrument console. It will adopt a conventional telescopic front fork. The rear, of course, is suspended by means of a monoshock.
Not much else about the new Suzuki Gixxer 250 is known as of now. The motor is a single-cylinder liquid-cooled unit which is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The power output is 26.5 hp. It will be offered in 3 colour options of blue, grey and silver.
Keeping with the segment standards, the Gixxer 250 is expected to offer double-channel ABS as standard fitment. To keep costs in check, the Gixxer 250 is likely share a number of components including the chassis with the popular Gixxer 150 twins. This way, Suzuki can achieve a competitive pricing for their new product.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 will lock horns with the Yamaha Fazer 25, KTM RC 200, Honda CBR250R, TVS Apache RR310, and so on. If the smaller Gixxers are anything to go by, the 250 cc variant would have impressive handling characteristics and good build quality.
Suzuki India’s previous attempt at the 250 cc segment, the silky smooth Inazuma 250 failed to make a mark due to exorbitant pricing but the Japanese brand moved on with a valuable lesson there. A price tag of around INR 1.25 – 1.35 lakhs (Ex-showroom) would make the Suzuki Gixxer 250 a very strong contender in the entry-level medium-displacement motorcycle segment. A high level of local content would allow Suzuki to enjoy a decent profit margin without inflating the price.