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Zongshen ‘Taro GP1 250R’ is a twin-cylinder quarter-litre sportsbike from China

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Zongshen a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer has introduced a quarter-litre twin-cylinder sports bike in the Chinese market called ‘Taro GP1 250R’. The quarter-litre motorcycle features aggressive aerodynamic styling, unique body graphics and a lot more equipment which is available at CNY 15,980 which converts roughly to INR 1,70,500. 

In terms of its design and styling, the Taro GP1 250R at the first glimpse appears to be a mix of the Aprilia RS660 and the Honda CBR600RR from the front and features sleek LED headlamps with black inserts, integrated LED daytime running lights, a central ram air duct, aerodynamic nose with a tall racing windscreen that has a lip at the top to deflect oncoming air, angular wing mirrors that appear similar to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, chiselled fuel tank, angular design on the side fairing, clip-on handlebars, stepped-up seats, slightly rear-set to mid-set footpegs, sharp tail with a small LED tail lamp and side slung short can twin-tipped exhaust. 

In the engine department, the Zongshen Taro GP1 250R features a 249.5cc twin-cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection that produces 17 PS of power and 16.5 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. The Taro GP1 250R comes with a 14-litre fuel tank capacity and weighs 150 kg dry. The bike gets a fairly accessible 780mm of saddle height while the ground clearance is 180mm. 

In terms of mechanical equipment, the Zongshen Taro GP1 250R features a steel trellis chassis with conventional hydraulic telescopic forks at the front a monoshock suspension on a box-type double-sided swingarm on the rear, dual hydraulically operated disc brakes on the front and a single hydraulic disc on the rear. The quarter-litre motorcycle also features 17-inch alloy wheels shod in wide rubber tyres. 

The Zongshen Taro GP1 250R also features a fully digital colour instrument console, a quickshifter and ABS. The motorcycle is offered in two variants – CBS & ABS and is available in three colour options – Black, Red and Blue. 

*Chinese Yuan Renminbi to Indian Rupee Converted at live mid-market rates, for informational purposes only.