Yes, the new FZ has woken up the sleeping dragons in the premium 150cc segment. Bajaj is reportedly working hard on the Pulsar 150NS and Honda is all set to launch its 160cc by September. TVS is also rumoured to be working on an Apache RTR 160 upgrade, major or minor we do not know yet!
Amidst all this, Suzuki has joined the mainstream bandwagon and as you already know, has the the Gixxer lined up for a show. The news is that Suzuki will launch it on August 10th according to Zigwheels.com.
The Gixxer was unveiled back in January 2014 along with the automatic scooter Let’s and was later showcased at the Auto Expo in February. With the launch date as close as 10 odd days, we believe you have a very good time deciding on your set of wheels. Considering that the GS150R costs about Rs 76,000 on road in Delhi, Gixxer may breach that Rs 80,000 barrier (on road price).
The bike is to be powered by a new 155cc mill which will feature Suzuki’s SEP technology, about which we will talk later.
One interesting bit that we have noticed is the gaffe in engine displacement of the motorcycle. While the press release given to the media during the unveiling had the displacement pegged at 155cc, the product specification sheet shared along with it had 150cc written on it!
Further, the motorcycle has sharp design statements and has cues inspired from Yamaha’s FZ. With a similar shaped head lamp, street fighter body structure, short stubby exhaust canister and 140 section rear tires, it does not take a genius to pin point its main rival.
The Gixxer will have Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology which aims to combine sporty performance and excellent fuel efficiency. In fact the company goes on to claim that Gixxer will have the best in class fuel efficiency figure. The bike is claimed to have broad low end torque and appreciable power delivery in the mid-range to propel it for quick accelerations.
Considering that Gixxer doesn’t have fuel injection or a fairing, justifying Rs 80,000 will be a tad difficult but then who knows Suzuki may have learnt a lesson or two from the atrocious pricing of their Inazuma! Bookings of the motorcycle are already underway and you can go ahead and pre-book your Gixxer at the local Suzuki dealership.