DSK-Hyosung has launched the latest iteration of the 250cc GT250R with a facelift in India. The 2014 Hyosung GT250R gets mild changes to the design to make it more appealing to the performance oriented quarter-litre buyers. The GT250R is now more inspired by its older sibling, the GT650R, and also shares the new body styling with the same. The styling elements are visible with a new headlight cluster, new sporty graphics as well as the air intakes.
Mechanically the 2014 Hyosung GT250R remains unchanged and gets the same 249cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled, V-Twin engine that is capable of producing 28 PS of power at 10,000 RPM and 22.07 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. 0-100 km/hr comes up in around 10 seconds, while top speed is 140 km/hr. The bike uses an inverted telescopic suspension setup at the front and monoshock setup at the rear. Whereas stopping power comes from the 300 mm double disc brakes in the front and 230 mm single disc brake at the rear.
Tagged as ‘The Big Boy’, Hyosung is targeting the entry-level sportsbike community in India and have incorporated elements of customer feedback in developing the updated GT250R. The company has also added three new colours to the palette of the motorcycle which include red titanium, white titanium and black titanium, all of which will be available in a three tone shade. The 2014 Hyosung GT250R is priced at Rs. 2,76,000/- (ex-showroom, Pune)
With fierce competition coming from the KTM Duke 390 and the Honda CBR250R, the Hyosung GT250R is lagging behind in terms of volumes in the quarter-litre segment. The subtle update will help the company keep the GT250R fresh for another year, till the completely revised model does not come through. The company will be selling the GT250R through its 36 DSK-Hyosung brand outlets spread across the country. The automaker should seriously consider local manufacturing for the GT250R to get the numbers rolling for the quarter-litre machine.