The Suzuki GSX-R250 gets clip-on handlebars and split seats but also shares several components with the smaller Gixxer 155 that will help maintain a competitive price tag.
Bringing some clarity to its plans and lots of anticipation, the first images of the Suzuki Gixxer 250 or GSX-R250 have emerged online snapped at a factory in Japan. While the automaker chose to be silent on its plans for the longest time now, these images show that there was indeed something cooking for the quarter-litre segment and the bike will be making its way to the podium at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo next February.
The Suzuki GSX-R250 has been widely spoken about on the interweb and the new images give a clear image of the design aspect of the model. On the outset, the styling is aggressive and gets muscular bits that will be highly appreciated by the target demographic. The GSX-R1000 influence is evident on the motorcycle with the triangular headlamp while the sculpted fuel tank merges well into the sporty split seats with a tail up design. The fairing is reminiscent of the smaller Gixxer SF and we expect some more livery to feature on the production ready model in addition to the lovely Suzuki racing blue colour seen here.
The Suzuki GSX-R250 gets upgraded to clip-on handlebars while the instrument cluster is identical to the one on the Gixxer 155 but is expected to be loaded with more information. Further, the switchgear also seems to be carried over from the Gixxer which will help the automaker achieve higher economies of scale. In addition, you can make out the wavy alloy wheels while the rear gets a fat tyre which can be expected to be a 140 section unit. The front is likely to use a 110 section rubber for better traction levels.
Suzuki still has the powertrain under wraps but going by recent reports, a 248cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor is likely to power the GSX-R250 with power expected in the vicinity of 25 BHP with around 22-25 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. We also expect to see fatter telescopic front forks and a stiffer monoshock setup at the rear while braking performance will include front and rear disc brakes with ABS as optional. Though it is too early to confirm, but a street-fighter version could also be introduced later in the timeline.
Suzuki has been listening very closely to the market and the GSX-R250 will be giving the automaker a healthy push in the performance space. With a launch expected around mid-2016, the model will be locking horns with a host of offerings including the KTM RC 200, Honda CBR250R, Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT 25, upcoming TVS Apache 200 and the likes. Prices can be expected in the vicinity of around Rs. 1.50 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the ABS equipped variant is likely to command a marginal premium.