Suzuki Unveils Its Quarter Litre Sportsbike, The GSX-250R

Suzuki GSX-R have to compete against the likes of Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390 and Honda CBR 250R.

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Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Suzuki has officially unveiled one of the most awaited quarter litre motorcycle in China. Rumours and spy shots were surfaced a few months back in the web. The new motorcycle is called GSX-250R and the styling looks very similar to its elder sibling, the GSX-R1000.

The powerplant is the same unit of the company's naked motorcycle Inazuma. So, it's a 248cc twin-cylinder engine producing 25bhp at 8,000rpm and 23.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. That's exactly the same power which the single cylinder Honda CBR250R produce.

The quarter-litre engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. This model is very old school because it lacks slipper clutch and LED headlights.

The riding position seems to be not as committed as CBR250R or the Yamaha R3. This underpowered quarter litre motorcycle have to compete against the likes of R3, CBR 250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300; which have highly powered engines.

The length of the motorcycle is 2085 mm, 740 mm in width and 1110 mm in height. The seat height is 790 mm. The stopping power comes from a 290mm disc with a twin-piston caliper at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear.

Suzuki also offers ABS as optional on the motorcycle. The motorcycle is also very heavy, weighing 178 kg which will make it even slower and the fuel tank capacity is 15 litres. The most disappointing part of the story is, the motorcycle will cost around Rs 3 lakhs. And that makes it a bit cheaper than the powerful Yamaha R3.

For now, it is only launched in China and Suzuki hasn't revealed anything regarding the launch of this new motorcycle in the Indian markets. The big question is, will it be able to make an impression in the entry-level sports segment?

 

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Story first published: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 17:22 [IST]
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