Rivalling the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650, the 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT takes power from a Euro4 compliant V-Twin engine making 71 hp
Suzuki took the centre stage at the 2018 Auto Expo with a slew of new launches and premium products on display. Chief among them is the range of V-Strom adventure motorcycles including the 650 XT. It follows the launch of the promising premium naked, the GSX-S750 as the third CKD based product.
The arrival of the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT has long been mooted in the domestic market and finally the stage is set, as it will likely be entering India in September. Suzuki has big plans for India in the coming years as new launches will be accompanied by increase in nationwide footprint.
Making its global premiere at the 2016 edition of the INTERMOT show, the V-Strom 650 XT did garner attention at the Delhi Auto Expo and instigated by the strong response, it is debuting in India. Obviously, the recent trend suggests premium motorcycles of around 750 cc capacity have increased takers of late.
Standing in response, the Japanese manufacturer is bringing in the V-Strom 650 XT that derives design inspiration from the bigger sibling, V-Strom 1000. Rivalling the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650, it takes power from a Euro4 compliant, twin-cylinder, engine and has an aggressive stance altogether.
The powerplant is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 71 horsepower at 8,800 rpm and 62 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. It is connected to a six-speed transmission. The adventure motorcycle will meet local assembly to be competitively priced.
It will only be the third big bike to be locally assembled following the Hayabusa and the recently introduced GSX-S750. Suzuki won’t be selling the regular variant of the V-Strom in India, instead the fully loaded XT will be offered at a speculated price of around Rs. 7.7 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Suzuki V-Strom XT comprises of hand guards, instrument cluster with LCD screen, 12V power outlet for charging, etc. The model uses Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks, rear monoshock suspension and so on.