The quarter-litre offering borrows its engine from the Suzuki Inazuma
At EICMA last year, Suzuki took the wraps off the GSX250R and since then enthusiasts have been waiting for it to be officially released in the market. For enthusiasts in UK, the wait seems to have come to an end as the GSX250R has now arrived at dealerships. The quarter-litre Suzuki carries a price tag of £4,299 (Rs 3.59 lakh approx). The Japanese bike maker is also offering the GSX250R with an enticing finance scheme – an initial deposit of £1,500 and a 36-month payment of £90.22.
Powering the Suzuki GSX250R is the same motor that worked force on the Inazuma. The 248cc parallel-twin unit churns out 24.7bhp and 23.4Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. Although the engine makes its peak power at 8,000rpm, it promises strong low- and mid-range grunt. Suzuki has managed to achieve this by designing the intake valves to optimise airflow which in turn delivers better performance. The motorcycle has a 15-litre fuel tank and tips the scale at 181kg.
Although the 250cc segment in India is growing rapidly, it is also the trickiest. This segment has motorcycles ranging from single-cylinder offerings like Honda CBR250R and the KTM 250 Duke right up to parallel-twins like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha YZF-R3. As far as the GSX250R is concerned, Suzuki hasn’t revealed any plans of bringing to India. Parallel-twin offerings haven’t quite brought the numbers in India considering single-cylinder offerings in this class cost substantially cheaper. If Suzuki does launch the GSX250R in India, it will have to price it aggressively in order hold its own against aforementioned rivals. To make matters more complicated, the GSX250R makes less power and torque when compared to the 250 Duke despite being a twin-cylinder offering.