Suzuki Motorcycle Corporation has introduced the made-in-India Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the Gixxer 250 quarter-litre motorcycles in Japan. The bikes were showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and the launch was an impending one. The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is priced at 448,800 Yen (about ₹ 3.07 lakh), while the Gixxer SF 250 is priced at 481,800 Yen (about ₹ 3.30 lakh) in Japan. The bikes are imported from India as fully-built units and sold via Suzuki's network in its home market. The motorcycles comply with Japan's domestic emission regulations.
The India-made Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and the Gixxer 250 for Japan remain the same as the models sold in the country. The design language gets no change and the bike continues to sport an LED headlamp and taillight, an all-digital instrument console, split seats and the twin-tip exhaust. The nose down-tail up design language looks every bit sporty, while the riding position is similar to a sports tourer, aggressive but not back-breaking.
Power continues to come from the 249 cc single-cylinder engine that develops 25.6 bhp at 9000 rpm and 22 Nm of peak torque at 7300 rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. This is the BS6 version of the engine, details of which were leaked recently in India. The motor also comes with fuel-injection and the Suzuki Oil Cooling System (SOCS) that was specifically developed for the Indian market and negates the need for liquid-cooling on the engine, thereby saving costs. The Gixxer 250 and the Gixxer SF 250 promise to return 37.7 kmpl under the World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC) mode.
Suspension duties are performed by 41 mm telescopic front forks and a seven-step adjustable monoshock at the rear, while braking performance comes from disc brakes at either end with dual-channel ABS as standard. The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is available in the Matte Platinum Silver Metallic, Matte Black Metallic and MotoGP Edition in Triton Blue Metallic colours. Whereas, the Suzuki Gixxer 250 is being offered in Matte Black Metallic and the dual-tone Matt Platinum Silver Metallic with Matt Black Metallic shades in Japan.
In India, Suzuki is gearing up to introduce the BS6 versions of its 250 cc motorcycles. Pre-bookings for the bike have already begun and we expect the launch sometime next month. Meanwhile, production at the Suzuki plant has been suspended in the wake of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that is expected to affect deliveries of all products in the coming weeks.