The Hyosung GT300R and GV300 use a big bored 275cc V-Twin engine and sport a completely new styling along with ABS as standard.
The Hyosung pavilion at the 2015 EICMA Motorcycle Show is quite the spectacle with a host of new offerings. While the Exiv 450 concept is the attention grabber, the models that interest us more are the India bound GT300R supersport and GV300 cruiser motorcycles that are essentially replacements for the outgoing GT250R and Aquila GV250 currently sold in the country. Unveiled at EICMA, both the models are a complete departure from the outgoing ones and will be heading to India in the next couple of months.
Starting with the all new Hyosung GT300R, the automaker is moving the ladder similar to its competition and has upgraded the GT250R with a big bore engine while the styling is completely new. Sharp and edgy, the GT300R looks quite pleasing complete with the split seats and twin headlamp setup. The Korean machine gets a contoured fuel tank that can hold up to 15-litres and the pillion seat appears to be well cushioned and elongated as well for added comfort. The GT300R will be locking horns with the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390 (also updated for MY2016) and Yamaha R3 among other offerings.
In terms of power, the Hyosung GT300R uses a new 275cc 8-valve, V-Twin engine under its belly churning out 27.6 BHP of power at 10,500 RPM and 23.5 Nm of peak torque available at 7000 RPM. The motor continues to come paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties include 41 mm USD forks up front and a monoshock unit at the rear, while braking power comes from 300 mm single disc at the front and a 230 mm single disc at the rear along with Bosch sourced ABS. The motorcycle rides on 110/70/R17 front and 150/60/R17 rear MRF tyres and has a kerb weight of 178 kgs.
Coming to the Hyosung GV300, the cruiser has gone in a stealth mode with the latest update, losing most of the chrome bits. The GV300 gets a low slung appearance with all-black alloy wheels, engine and fork gaiters adding to the good looks. Power comes from the same 275cc V-Twin motor of the GT300R but is tuned to produce 26 BHP of power and 23.5 Nm of torque on the GV300, matched to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike gets a 14-litre fuel tank which makes for a decent range while ABS is offered as standard. Both the Hyosung GT300R and GV300 are expected to be priced similarly to their outgoing offerings when launched in India, starting at around Rs. 3.2 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs (ex-showroom) respectively.