Suzuki To Launch Gixxer SF 250 tomorrow
The second-generation Gixxer SF 155 will also be launched with the SF 250
- The Gixxer SF 250 gets an air and oil-cooled motor that makes 26.5PS.
- This new flagship motorcycle will rival the Honda CBR250R.
- Suzuki’s second generation Gixxer SF 150 gets a new, sharper bodywork and new features.
Suzuki is all set to launch its new Gixxer SF 250 and the second generation Gixxer SF 150 tomorrow. The new Gixxer SF 250 is a faired motorcycle and will sit on the top of Suzuki India’s food chain. Unlike the Suzuki Gixxer 250 sold abroad, the India-spec bike gets edgier bodywork and a simpler engine to keep costs low.
The new quarter-litre sports bike gets a full fairing but has a sharper and sportier design. It gets an LED headlamp setup and clip-on handlebars. Like the Gixxer SF, it is expected to get a fully digital instrument console. Leaked specifications reveal that its sculpted fuel tank can hold 12 litres of fuel and the bike has an 800mm tall seat.
While the Gixxer 250 sold abroad gets a liquid cooled parallel twin motor, the ‘Indianized’ Gixxer SF 250 gets a simpler 250cc air and oil-cooled and fuel-injected single-cylinder motor. This, we believe, has been done to keep the cost of the motorcycle low. According to leaked specifications, it makes 26.5PS at 9000rpm and 22.6Nm at 7500rpm which is impressive considering the simpler construction. The gearbox is a six-speed unit.
While the international-spec Gixxer 250 gets upside down forks, the India-spec bike gets a conventional telescopic fork setup at the front and rear monoshock. Braking is via a front and rear disc with dual-channel ABS expected to come as standard fitment. Kerb weight is 161kg making it one of the lightest bikes in the 250cc segment.
Considering the cost-cutting measures and features, we expect the Gixxer SF 250 to be priced around Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom). Its competitors are two other 250cc faired bikes: Yamaha Fazer 250 (Rs 1.43 lakh) and Honda CBR250R (Rs 1.95 lakh).
Also read: 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 150: What To Expect?
The Gixxer SF 150 also gets sportier. It features a sharped bodywork, clip-on handlebars and a new two-piece seat. It also gets new LED headlamps and possibly an updated instrument console. While the 150cc air-cooled motor could be carried over, we expect Suzuki to discontinue the carb variant. Instead, the fuel injected motor could see a sportier state of tune and possibly an increase in power over the current 14.8PS and 14Nm. The underpinnings are expected to be carried over a well. We expect the new Gixxer SF to carry a premium of about Rs 5000 over the current Gixxer SF FI variant (Rs 1.02 lakh, ex-Delhi). The new Gixxer SF 150’s closest rival will be the Hero Xtreme 200S (Rs 98,500).