After a long wait, Suzuki has finally launched its flagship Gixxer 155 motorcycle, priced at very competitive Rs. Rs. 72,199/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Japanese manufacturer’s second attempt in the 150cc segment, the Gixxer gets a sporty engine, light frame and good looks that are going to make the bike a hot property in the country. The Gixxer 155 measures 2050 mm in length, 785 mm in width and 1030 mm in height with a wheelbase of 1330 mm and ground clearance of 160 mm. The seat height is also a reasonable 780 mm which makes it accessible to all riders but the target audience is people aged between 18-25 years. The claimed mileage is 63.5 km/l.
In terms of styling, the Suzuki Gixxer definitely hits the sweet spot with muscular overtones visible all over. The raised brawny fuel tank certainly takes the centre position in design that is further complimented by the side fenders for a sporty look. Furthermore, the raised pillion seat adds a neat sporty touch to the design, while also being utilitarian by doubling up as a small back rest for the rider. Suzuki states that the design of the Gixxer was inspired by its legendary GSX-R series. Other styling bits that make a big difference include the LED tail lights, dual exhaust muffler and the quirky shaped alloy wheels. The bike uses an all-digital instrument cluster that is easy to read providing all vital details on display.
Powering the Suzuki Gixxer is the new 154.9cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 2-valve engine that belts out 14.8 PS of power at 8000 RPM and 14 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle also comes equipped with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology for improved performance and fuel efficiency. While the Gixxer is not the most powerful in its class, it certainly compensates by being real fun. With a kerb weight of just 135 kgs, the bike gets an overwhelming power to weight ratio that will leave you with a smile even after getting off the saddle.
Keeping the ride pliant on the Suzuki Gixxer are the telescopic front forks, while the rear gets a monoshock suspension setup. Stopping power comes from a front disc brake with a drum brake setup at the rear, while the tyres are wrapped in 100/80/17 and 140/60/17 rubber at the front and rear respectively. Certainly here to stay, the Gixxer will be competing against the Honda CB Trigger, Yamaha FZ-S FI 2.0, TVS Apache 160 and the likes in the segment. The company has already commenced deliveries of the bike and is very confident about its success in the country. The Suzuki Gixxer is offered in 5 colours – red, blue, grey, white and black.
All future Suzuki bikes will get SEP technology. The company is expecting to sell 1 lakh units combined in September-October which is a drastic improvement in sales. Suzuki has a slew of products lined up in both scooter and motorcycle segments for launch in the near future. Suzuki is expecting to sell 50,000 units of the Gixxer in the first six months and is expecting to achieve 10% market share in the 150cc segment.