Suzuki Motorcycle India has stepped into the 250cc premium segment by launching GIXXER SF 250 in the country. Suzuki has also revised the styling of much like Gixxer SF – 150cc version, which takes its style inspiration from SF250.
The number three in the top ten two-wheeler manufacturer – Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) claims that in a true sense, Suzuki GIXXER SF 250 is ‘Born of Greatness’ because it is derived from Suzuki legendary bikes like GSX-R and Hayabusa.
Speaking of advancement in technology, Suzuki has introduced an oil cooling system called SOCS that helps maintaining the engine at optimum temperature. The motor is a 249cc four-stroke, single-cylinder fuel injection SOHC engine tuned to produce 26.5 ps of power at 9000rpm and 22.6Nm of torque at 7500rpm while paired to a precise six-speed manual gearbox. Company’s emphasis on light weight engine was much as they say it offers easy manoeuvrability even on highest speed and in city traffic.
The SF 250 comes in two colour schemes – Metallic Mat Platinum Silver & Metallic Mat Black and is priced at INR 170,655 (ex-showroom Delhi). It features Suzuki easy start system that ensures stress free ignition, new fully digital instrument cluster that shows information at a glance, bronze engine cover that gives much needed sportier look, full LED white lighting, dual-channel ABS as standard and well cushioned split seats. The rider triangle is sporty but comfortable as the clip on handle bars are raised.
The Gixxer SF has received an upward revision on the pricing front and now retails at Rs 1.09 lakh ex-showroom, up from the older bike’s ex-showroom price of Rs 99,300. Mechanically, the Gixxer SF remains unchanged and is still powered by the same, 155cc, air-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 14.5PS of power and 14Nm of torque.
Unveil of the new product witnessed the presence of Mr Satoshi Uchida – Managing Officer in charge of Overseas Marketing, Motorcycle Company at Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan and Mr Masahiro Nishikawa – General Manager of the Motorcycle Company at Suzuki Motor Corporation in charge of engineering head along with Mr. Koichiro Hirao – Company Head, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd. and Mr. DevashishHanda – Vice President, SMIPL.
Commenting at the launch of new products, Mr. Koichiro Hirao, Company Head, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd. said, “We are both delighted and excited to present the all new Suzuki GIXXER SF series in the premium motorcycle segment as part of our on-going commitment to the Indian market. GIXXER SF is one of Suzuki’s flagship products in India and increasing its portfolio will allow us to enhance Suzuki’s much-loved brand presence in the country. Designed to stand out with its cutting-edge style and unmatched power Suzuki GIXXER SF is here to win heart of the sporty and enthusiastic rider.”
In this price range it rivals the likes of fully faired KTMs and Honda CBR 250R. KTM RC 200 which is explosive on power and FUN, and Honda CBR 250R which is still a favourite of sporty touring riders despite being outdated.