sThe 2016 Hyosung GV250 gets a slimmer design language while the V-Twin motor has been retained but will get improved power and torque output with ABS as mandatory.
The quarter-litre cruiser space has very limited options with a handful of motorcycles making the segment relevant. From the Korean stable, it is the Hyosung GV250 that manages to make the cut and now the automaker is prepping the model for a major facelift that is likely to go on sale by the end of this year or early 2016. These leaked patent images of the 2016 Hyosung GV250 showcase a host of changes on the cruiser including a revised styling, while the mechanicals have also been updated to meet the new European homologation regulations.
In terms of styling, while the outgoing Hyosung GV250 makes for a big fat V-Twin powered cruiser inspired from the Harley-Davidson Fatboy, the 2016 model has been slimmed down and a gets a more Sportster-like appeal. The tyres too see an upgrade with the front getting what seems to be 19-inch alloys instead of the 16-inchers available on the current model. The headlight has been pushed down between the forks and the turn indicators have moved up. The mudguards are now slimmer losing the heavily built appearance. Also new are the fork gaiters that replace the chrome cover on the front suspension. The fuel tank design is a bit more chiseled this time and the 2-into-1 exhaust continues much like the outgoing model.
In its current setup, the Hyosung GV250 uses a 249cc V-Twin engine producing 27 BHP of power and 22 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. This motor is visible on the patent image as well and is expected to continue without any major changes. Revisions for improved power and torque delivery are expected. The cruiser will also be tuned to meet the new Euro IV emission norms and will get ABS as mandatory on the Euro spec version at least. The last updated GV250 went on sale in India in 2014 and the new model can also be expected here, but only by or after mid-2016, depending on Hyosung’s plans.