Suzuki V-Strom 250 and GSX 250R (Gixxer 250) could break covers at the Delhi Auto Expo to captivate the enthusiasts
Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited is expected to entice visitors by displaying a few exciting products at its stall in the forthcoming Delhi Auto Expo scheduled for February next year. Chief among them are two 250 cc motorcycles in different categories: one is the V-Strom entry-level adventure tourer and the other is the faired GSX 250R.
Suzuki debuted the V-Strom 250 at the EICMA 2016 in Milan after its global premiere at the Chinese trade exhibition along with the GSX 250R. The adventure motorcycle has recently been launched in the UK before arriving at other international markets. It competes against the likes of upcoming BMW G310 GS, Kawasaki Versys 250 and KTM 390 Adventure that are tipped to arrive in India in the near future.
The rugged looking purpose-built machine shares its engine with the Inazuma 250 and takes inspiration from its larger siblings V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000. The 248cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine is said to be developed for delivering high performance with good levels of fuel economy and is paired with a six-speed transmission
The Suzuki V-Strom 250 gets front telescopic long travel suspension. It runs on 110/80-17 front and 140/70-17 rear off-roading tyres. The quarter-litre adventure tourer motorcycle sports a spherical headlamp, sharp beak-like front cowl acting as secondary mudguard, a steep front windshield, 15-litre fuel tank, lower engine guard, etc.
The GSX 250R made plenty of waves before greeting the world stage and it has been well-received so far in the foreign markets standing by its credits. With aggressive styling and a sporty mechanical package, its Indian arrival has long been anticipated considering the boom in premium bike segments of late.
It also uses the same engine from the Inazuma 250. The parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine produces a maximum power output of 24.7 hp at 8,000 rpm and 23.3 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. It comes mated to a six-speed transmission. With the Gixxer name already popular, Suzuki could use the GSX 250R to provide a much needed breakthrough in the premium space for the Japanese brand.
Suzuki may take the opportunity for granted and see how the spectators respond to the highly promising bikes before evaluating whether to launch them in India or not. We reckon they got the potential to lure in customers if they could be priced aggressively against their competitors, especially in V-Strom’s case which would create a niche of its own.