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Suzuki GSX-S250 (Gixxer 250) in India by May 2019?

Written by Nizam Shaikh

In 2018, Haojue Holdings, Suzuki’s Chinese partner showcased the Haojue DR300 at the Chongqing Motor Show in China. Underneath the Haojue is a Suzuki GSX-S300, a sharp looking street-fighter. And now reports suggest that it could be reaching India soon. Suzuki does not sell any bikes in the quarter-litre segment and this could be a good move if Suzuki brings the GSX-S250 a toned down version. It is also being said that Suzuki plans to launch the bike by mid-2019.

Suzuki’s Gixxer range of motorcycles have quite a fan following and the new 250cc bike could boost sales for Suzuki even further in the premium segment. It is also being said that a fully-faired version could be developed and launch soon to rival the likes of KTM RC 390, TVS Apache RR 310 and the likes.

The Haojue DR300 is a very well equipped bike, with sharp looking LED headlamps and daytime running lights, LED tail lamps and a fully digital instrument console. The engine is a 298cc, twin-cylinder motor but the Indian market might get a 250cc, single cylinder air/oil-cooled BSVI compliant motor to keep costs in check. On the equipment front, Suzuki may use a large diameter fork and disc brakes with dual-channel ABS.

The current Suzuki Gixxer 160 has an air-cooled, all-aluminum, 154.9cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 2- valve, SOHC engine that produces 14.8 PS of power @ 8000 RPM and 14 Nm of torque @ 6000 RPM powered by Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The kerb weight of the Suzuki Gixxer is 136 kg and the fuel tank capacity of 12 litres. The Suzuki Gixxer 160 comes with a 41mm diameter telescopic front fork and 7-step adjustable rear monoshock. The brakes are Hydraulic disc brakes on both wheels equipped with ABS.

The Suzuki GSX-S250, if it will be named that, will compete with the Yamaha FZ-25 and is expected to cost around INR 1.50 lakh ex-showroom, India