A couple of new, speculative renderings on the cover of a Japanese two-wheeler magazine’s latest issue have rekindled interest in the upcoming Suzuki GSX-R250, or the Gixxer 250. Alongside the GSX-R250 rendering, a friendlier looking “GSX-S250F” also gets rendered, leading us to believe that the Gixxer 250 could be available in two variants. While the R250 will have genuine sporting intents with sharp riding characteristics and a racy appearance, the S250F could shape up to be the milder derivative with slivers of touring intent.
In spite of being slightly different in character, the styling of both motorcycles will be inspired by the big brother in this context – Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. Which means that both’ll get a similarly styled full fairing, the trademark, tapering headlamp, and a meaty exhaust canister. The S250F could be styled a bit differently to distinguish itself, but both motorcycles are expected to be powered by the same engine in different states of tune.
Older renders of the Suzuki Gixxer 250 from one of Young Magazine’s earlier issues.
And that engine could very well be butter smooth, 248 cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder mill borrowed from the ill-fated Inazuma. In the naked street-fighter, which was discontinued from the Indian market last year, this very engine makes 24 hp at 8,500 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. However, in case of the Gixxer 250 twins, power could be slightly bumped up, while the 6-speed transmission from the Inazuma is expected to be carried over too.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is anticipated to make its global premiere at either the EICMA 2016 in Milan, which starts from November 10, 2016, or at the INTERMOT in Cologne, which commences from October 5, 2016. While the Gixxer 250 is expected to be launched in Europe and in selected South East Asian countries by the end of this year itself, an Indian launch is yet to be confirmed. If all goes well however, you could be riding a Suzuki Gixxer 250 in India as early as next year.
Source: Young Magazine