Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT BS6 Teased. India Launch Soon
Expect Suzuki to launch the adventure tourer once the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic lifts
- The Suzuki V-Strom 650XT BS6 was unveiled in February at Auto Expo 2020.
- Expect the BS6 updates to affect output figures ever so slightly.
- Visually, the bike remains the same as the BS4-compliant model.
Suzuki Motorcycle India has teased the V-Strom 650 XT BS6 on its official website. The middleweight adventure tourer made its debut in February at Auto Expo 2020. Expect the Japanese bikemaker to launch the bike once the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic lifts. It is likely to command a premium of around Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 over the BS4-compliant V-Strom 650 XT, which was priced at Rs 7.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Visually, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT BS6 looks the same as the BS4-compliant version. Expect the BS6-compliant bike to witness a slight change in its power and torque figures compared to the BS4 model. To give you a better perspective, the BS4-compliant V-Strom 650 XT makes 71PS at 8800rpm and 62.3Nm of torque at 6500rpm from its 645cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. The powerplant is aided by electronic nannies like a three-level switchable traction control and a dual-channel ABS.
For optimum off-road dynamics, it rides on 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear spoke wheels shod with Bridgestone Battlax dual-purpose tubeless tyres. The bike also gets capable underpinnings like a 43mm telescopic front fork with 150mm of travel and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Brakes include twin discs up front and a disc at the rear.
When launched, it will be Suzuki’s first BS6-compliant big bike in India. It will be sold via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and will rival the upcoming Kawasaki Versys 650 BS6. After this, Suzuki is also likely to launch the SV650 in India as its heart is based on the V-Strom 650 XT. However, in the retro-modern naked, this engine is tuned differently to suit its character. You can read more details about the bike here.