It has been a long time coming and has been delayed yet again. The Hyosung GV250 was scheduled for launch in October but the launch has been postponed to early 2014 (likely at the Auto Expo if the company participates). The reason for the delay in the launch is the Rupee depreciation. DSK Motowheels has to order CKD units three months in advance and the company did not want to place orders at a time when the Rupee was at its weakest. Thus the Indo-Korean JV decided to postpone the launch to 2014 as they couldn’t bring the vehicle in time for the festive season.
The Hyosung GV250 is also known as the Aquila and isn’t being launched in India for the first time. Kinetic had launched the Hyosung Aquila way back in 2003 but the model failed to sell well in spite of being very desirable. The GV250 being launched by DSK is much improved and should find good flavour with the cruiser loving audience of our country. India has very few cruiser alternatives with majority of them coming from Royal Enfield, a brand not everyone is a big fan of. Harley-Davidson is looking at entering the entry level cruiser space with its India specific 500cc bike.
The Hyosung GV250 is powered by a 249cc, air and oil-cooled V-twin motor which belts out 25 BHP of power and 22 Nm of twisting force. This motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The 250cc engine is the same unit which does duty on the GT250R. The GV250 is based largely on the GV650 which is on sale in India and is called the Aquila Pro. Expect DSK-Hyosung to price the GV250 at around Rs. 1.8 lakhs (ex-showroom), which makes it a tempting alternative for long distance touring. Local assembly will take place at the company’s Wai plant.