Japanese two-wheeler company, Suzuki, will launch their 250cc naked bike, the Inazuma 250 or the GW 250, as it is known in some markets, in India by mid-2013. There has been speculation that Suzuki was planning to launch a quarter-litre bike in India for a couple of years, but now finally there is confirmation of the same. The Inazuma 250 is powered by a electronic fuel-injected 248cc parallel-twin engine with about 25.6 BHP of power and 24.2 Nm of torque. It weighs about 182 kgs.
The Suzuki Inazuma will most probably be assembled at Suzuki’s Gurgaon plant in North India to minimize taxation and keep the pricing as competitive as possible. It is expected that the Inazuma 250 should cost between Rs. 1.5 to 2 lakhs. Inazuma in Japanese means ‘lightning’, but it is expected that this quarter-litre bike is more of a tourer than a high-octane track monster. It is said to offer linear power delivery and a more upright and comfortable, typical naked bike riding position.
The Suzuki Inazuma should hit the showrooms by May or June 2013. The Inazuma boasts a claimed fuel efficiency of about 30 to 35 km/l. The competition in the 250cc bike category in India is getting tougher so Suzuki will have to really price its offering competitively. With the Pulsar 375 NS also scheduled for launch later this year in the similar price range, it will be difficult for a new 250cc entrant to set sales charts on fire. We will have to wait and watch whether this 250cc bike does some magic for Suzuki in India.
Source – Bike India