Looks like Suzuki is aiming to beat Yamaha in the time taken for a product launch. Remember the R15 Version 2.0, a bike which was spotted endless number of times before Yamaha decided to finally put it on sale. Well the Suzuki Inazuma is another such product which has been doing the rounds in our country but hasn’t gone on sale yet. Suzuki’s slow approach in launching products is quite the opposite compared to its 4-wheeler counterpart. The Inazuma was sampled by Bollywood’s Dabanng almost 8 months back and finally signs of a launch have re-appeared.
Atul Gupta (Suzuki VP) has confirmed the company’s plans of launching the Inazuma in India in January 2014. The bike is also known as the GW250 in other markets but will be called Inazuma in India. The company also plans to launch a new motorcycle and scooter at the upcoming Auto Expo, just like it did last year with the launch of the Hayate and Swish. Suzuki will also focus on expanding its dealership network to reach more customers. The Japanese automaker will expand production capacity by 25 percent to accommodate new products. The 2-wheeler division of Suzuki was expected to take a helping hand from Maruti as the former hasn’t tasted much success in India as was expected.
The Suzuki Inazuma is powered by a 248cc, parallel-twin engine which employs liquid-cooling and belts out 26 BHP of power and 24.2 Nm of torque. The bike is more of a cruiser and weighs in at 182 kgs, which isn’t light by any means. With Suzuki planning to locally assemble the bike via the CKD route, don’t expect as tempting a price as seen on locally manufactured bikes like the KTM Duke 390. We expect the Suzuki Inazuma to be priced at around Rs. 1.85 lakhs which will make it the cheapest twin-cylinder motorcycle in the country.
Source – Autocar