A rumour has surfaced online alleging a new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model is currently in the pipeline.
The rumour follows a report published by a Japanese magazine that featured a rendered mock-up of how Suzuki’s new quarter-litre model could look like. Whether the supposed quarter-litre Gixxer would adopt a single-cylinder or twin-cylinder powerplant remains unconfirmed for now.
It is believed by many that Suzuki will face stiff challenges if it chooses to enter the quarter-litre market segment. The key reasoning behind this is the fact that rivals such as Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda have already established strong positions in this segment.
Kawasaki leads this pack with its offer of both single- and twin-cylinder versions of its 250cc model range – Ninja 250, Ninja 250SL, Z250 and Z250SL.Yamaha also recently entered with its sole twin-cylinder YZF-R25 model. Currently, Honda has its single-cylinder CBR250R model only, but a recent production rumour could see the brand introduce a twin-cylinder quarter-litre model too.
Furthermore, all three rivalling brands offer larger 300cc versions of their current 250cc models for the European market as well. This means Suzuki will need to adopt a similar approach to become competitive. Presently, the quarter-litre entry-level bike category is a lucrative segment in emerging markets such as Asia, and we suspect Suzuki aims to capitalise on this.
Sources did not report of a possible target debut date, but optimistic expectations suggest at least a concept or prototype to be shown at one of the bike shows scheduled during the autumn season this year.