The Suzuki Hayate EP, an upgraded version of the slow selling 110 cc commuter motorcycle has been unveiled ahead of its launch later in this fiscal. The new model retains the styling but gets a new diamond frame chassis, improved engine and a longer seat.
The 110 cc air-cooled four-stroke engine now benefits from SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology which incorporates various efficiency enhancing measures such as ‘Suzuki Super Sleek Piston’, low friction piston rings and cylinder and a high ignition spark plug. Suzuki claims that the enhancements allow for a higher compression ratio and hence better fuel efficiency and pickup. The motor outputs 8.9 PS at 7,500 rpm and 9.3 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm.
The new diamond frame gives the Hayate EP the longest wheelbase in its segment. The seat length is also longer than the previous version for enhanced comfort. The motorcycle is suspended by regular telescopic front fork and a 5-step adjustable rear coil spring shock absorbers.
Noteworthy features include alloy wheels, maintenance free battery and tubeless tyres. The Hayate EP will be available in three color options namely Metallic Oort Grey, Pearl Mira Red and Glass Sparkle Black.
The company has been finding it difficult to gain a sizable market share in the nation’s vast commuter motorcycle segment. The new Suzuki Hayate EP would be hoping to bring in better volumes than its predecessor.