March 27, 2018
Is Suzuki already late for Gixxer 250?
Back in the days of TVS, Suzuki produced some glorious products like Shogun, Shaolin, Fiero etc but ever since its advent as a completely owned subsidiary of Suzuki, Japan, it has largely remained an underdog!
They had to wait for nearly a decade to get their first hit motorcycle – the Gixxer series! But let us admit that amidst this dense segment, it is surprisingly and decidedly our favourite 150 cc motorcycle at this point of time.
The question, however is, what happens to those lakhs of Gixxer 150 customers who want to upgrade to something bigger. Suzuki hasn’t got anything for these guys – the biggest prospects for the company; and these very prospects, inadvertently, look at other manufacturers for a bigger, say 200 or a 250 cc, motorcycle.
Rumours of a quarter litre motorcycle from Suzuki have been doing rounds for a long time now. Back in 2016, when we asked Suzuki’s top officials about it, this is what they said. And few months later, a report at Economic Times quoted a senior Suzuki official who probably gave the first official hints of the Gixxer 250. Mr Kenji Hirozawa , Vice President, Suzuki India, said that the company is aiming to launch at least one new product every year. He elaborated…
“ We are looking at bringing in a more premium, India-specific motorcycle based on the Gixxer which will be between 150 cc and 250 c c . “
But since then things have been muted and for very clear reasons we believe the twin cylinder GSX-R250 is not a very viable motorcycle for our market. In a latest update, Young Machine has shared an aggressive render of a motorcycle which very specifically has been called as “ Gixxer 250R “. It has a very aggressive face with what appears to be LED headlamps, golden coloured upside down forks, petal discs and an underbelly exhaust.
The text is in Japanese and we have shared the writings with one of our translator friend to understand if we can decipher something from it.
The difference here will be the fact that Gixxer 250 has to be a single cylinder quarter liter motorcycle and as Mr Kenji mentioned – it has to be based on the existing Gixxer 150 platform of India, or an offshoot of something similar; which along with local manufacturing can keep costs in check. This twin cylinder GSX 250R does not look suited for our market
We are very confident of a 250 cc Gixxer from Suzuki – it is almost a writing on the wall. The only question is when does the company think that it is time for it.
Recently Suzuki has launched the Intruder FI and 2018 Gixxer range in India. RELATED STUFF
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