The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 ABS has been launched in India at a price of ₹ 1.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is the second time Suzuki has returned to the quarter-litre space in India, after the very capable but expensive Suzuki Inazuma, which came with a parallel-twin engine. The Inazuma, despite being a solid product with a very smooth and refined engine, failed to achieve any commercial success. Suzuki did offer the Inazuma with a price correction, but it couldn't make any headway and had to be pulled off the market. The new Gixxer SF 250 will be the second shot from Suzuki at the 250 cc space, and this time around the pricing is more in tune with the current crop of 250 cc bikes available in the market, and the Gixxer 250 comes well-specced to take on the competition too.
The new Gixxer SF 250 is powered by a 249 cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, fuel-injected engine which puts out 26 bhp of maximum power at 9000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 7500 rpm. The SOHC motor is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The new Gixxer 250 has a sharply-designed fairing with the engine casing exposed, and gets a LED headlight, clip-on handlebars, split seats and multi-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels shod with fat rubber. The instrument panel is a full LCD unit with a dual-exit exhaust system. Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear, with standard dual-channel ABS.
The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 takes on a bunch of sporty motorcycles in the 200-250 cc segment, going head to head with the Honda CBR250R, the Yamaha Fazer 25, Bajaj Pulsar RS200, as well as the KTM RC200. The Pulsar RS 200 is still the most competitively priced, but the Gixxer offers a unique proposition in the price to performance ratio in that segment. We will be riding the new Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 soon at the Buddh International Circuit, so look out for our first impressions of this new 250 cc motorcycle.