Suzuki Motorcycles India Limited (SMIL) has been around in the two-wheeler arena in India for a while but the company has not been able to make a mark despite having some good products like the GS150R. Now the company has launched the Suzuki Inazuma / GW250 in the hope turning things around. The bike was leaked earlier this month and so was its pricing. Now the bike has been officially launched and will be going up against the likes of the Hyosung GT250R and Honda CBR250R but it is priced higher than both of them and the price might be the reason for the bike to fail in India.
“Suzuki wishes to offer the Indian rider a product at every price point and in every segment. The Inazuma is a practical 250cc bike that expands Suzuki’s motorcycle portfolio into the premium segment which is showing growth potential. We believe that the Inazuma will be attractive for the youth, college students and motorcycle enthusiasts.” said Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President, SMIL.
The Suzuki Inazuma has been priced at Rs. 3.1 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Leaving negative thoughts aside, the bike has a 248cc twin-cylinder motor as its heart which has a maximum power output of 26 BHP. The bike has peak torque figure of 24 NM. The bike has a power output in the range of the CBR250R which is a single cylinder bike and costs half as much. It weighs a heft 182 kgs which is rather heavy for a bike in this segment and comes devoid of ABS too. You get disc brakes all around to bring the heavy bike to a halt. It has a fuel tank capacity of 13.3 litre which is expected to give a range of around 250-275 kilometres in real world conditions.
The 248cc motor gets mated to a 6 speed transmission. The bike has its front suspension as a telescopic type with coil springs and rear suspension unit is a swing arm type with coil springs. The dual chrome exhaust mufflers are the only ones which are a saving grace to the bike. It also gets dual lens tail and brake lights which look good. The bike will be brought in the country via the CKD route and assembled at Suzuki’s Manesar facility.
The bike has been priced more than what it should have been by at least Rs 1.5 lakhs. The KTM 390 Duke and the Honda CBR250R come across as way better options and even the overpriced Hyosung GT250R seems a better option in front of it. The fact that it is a twin cylinder unit has made it pricey but there’s no additional performance on offer that would make you go in for an Inazuma over a 390 Duke. Suzuki surely has missed the mark with the pricing this time around.
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