Suzuki has unveiled its long-rumoured GSX-250R, and it has some familiar-looking bits.
Details for the new quarter-litre sportbike (intended for overseas markets, at least for now) sound as if it could be using the same liquid-cooled engine as the existing GW250 model, but with the parallel twin slightly retuned. The GSX-250R is rated for just under 25 horsepower, and weighs 178 kg at the curb, according to a spec sheet published here. The GW250 is rated at 183 kg on the Suzuki Canada website, and is rated for around 24 hp.
Of course, Suzuki already built a couple sportbike versions of the GW250, one with a half fairing (available in other markets with such frills as police light package, or hard bags), and one with a full fairing (that’s still available on some Canadian dealer floors). However, those bikes had much more sober styling than the new GSX-250R, which echoes Suzuki’s larger members of the Gixxer line.
The most interesting thing about the new 250? It’s made in China, like the rest of the GW lineup (as well as the new V-Strom 250). It appears Suzuki is dead-set on keeping its position as the Japanese manufacturer with the lowest prices, even if that means no longer actually making the bikes in Japan. When Suzuki unveiled the original GW250 models, there was much conjecture as to how long the made-in-China experiment would last. All the major manufacturers are sourcing parts in developing Asian countries, but no other company was building whole bikes in China and selling them in developed markets. It seems now like the idea was a success, since Suzuki is going forward with new models based on the Chinese platform.
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