Japanese motorcycle maker Suzuki unveiled the GSX-R250 and the DL250 Concept at the 14th China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition recently. Both the motorcycles were believed to join the Indian portfolio sometime in 2017. However, emerging reports indicate that the India launch of these models in the near future cannot be expected.
Suzuki India previously launched the Inazuma in the 250cc segment and that didn't go down well with the customers due to its high price. The company eventually pulled the plug on the model. Instead, Suzuki will be focusing on the premium superbike segment and its next superbike will be the 2017 GSX-R1000, reports NDTV Auto. Suzuki India will also concentrate on mass market segments, in which company's Gixxer 150 has been witnessing good sales.
The GSX-R250 is essentially the Gixxer 250cc version. GSX-R250 is the new entry-level sports bike in Suzuki's international portfolio. The design of the motorcycle has been inspired by its elder sibling, the GSX-R1000. It has also taken design cues from the Gixxer 150. The fully faired supersport motorcycle is powered by a 248cc liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine tuned to produce 24.66hp at 8,000rpm and 23.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm mated to a six-speed transmission.
On the other hand the DL250 Tourer Concept is the precursor of the V-Storm 250, younger sibling of V-Storm 1000 adventure tourer. The Suzuki DL250 gets design inspiration from the litre-class model, while sharing its platform with the GSX-R250. The concept comes with rugged bodywork along with the V-Storm badging on the front beak. The rest of the body panels are also quite similar to the V-Storm 1000, making it look like a scaled-down model of the bigger sibling. The concept also sports the same 250cc, parallel-twin engine that the GSX-R250 has also retained from the Inazuma 250.