Priced at Rs 8.84 lakh, the BS6 Suzuki V-Strom is Rs 1.38 lakh more expensive than its predecessor. Suzuki has updated the 645cc V-twin to meet the new BS6 emission norms and it continues to feature ABS and a three-mode traction control system
After showcasing it at the Auto Expo 2020, Suzuki Motorcycles India listed the BS6 V-Strom 650 XT on their official website in April. Since then there has been ample of reports about its launch date. Well, the updated V-Strom 650 is finally here and it is the first Suzuki big bike to be BS6 compliant. The Japanese marquee has priced the V-Strom 650 XT at Rs 8.84 lakh – that’s a substantial Rs 1.38 lakh more than the outgoing model.
Speaking about the launch, Koichiro Hirao, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. said, “V-Strom has made its own following in India. The ultimate adventure tourer has proved its mettle in the highway touring capabilities while exploring different terrains. It is truly a masterpiece with the ultimate balance provided by the natural riding position, comfortable seat and the flexible engine character. This is our first BS6 compliant big bike and we are confident that this cleaner and greener motorcycle will continue to win people’s hearts with its performance and maneuverability as it hit the Indian roads”.
Powering the V-Strom 650 XT is the same 645cc V-twin. Suzuki hasn’t officially revealed the power and torque figures, but we don’t expect to see a major change from the previous 71bhp and 62Nm. Aside from the engine, everything else too remains largely unchanged. The design continues to sport an identical stubby beak at the front with the diamond-shaped headlight above it. The fuel tank, seat, exhaust and the contrast golden wheel are the same as before. In terms of tech, the V-Strom gets ABS as standard, along with three-levels of traction control (including a disengage option). Surprisingly, it still misses out on LED headlamps and a fully-digital instrument cluster – features that are now becoming standard in more affordable motorcycles.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 competes against the likes of the Kawasaki Versys 650. The latter has already been updated to meet the BS6 emission norms and is priced at Rs 6.79 lakh.