2014 new Suzuki Gixxer preview
One thing is for certain, the new Suzuki Gixxer is a beautifully styled motorcycle. Suzuki's target group for this bike is the younger, college going lot along with young executives. And we think this styling alone will hold it in very good stead in this crowd. The chiselled tank, the upswept tail piece and that twin-holed, large oval exhaust, not to mention the 140 section rear tyre, give it street presence that's currently unparalleled in its class. The Gixxer is, in fact, the best looking motorcycle in the affordable 150cc category.
Yes, the Gixxer might not look it (it looks more like a 200) but it is a 150cc, or 155cc to be precise. And it's not an engine that it shares with the GS 150R; Suzuki's other more commuter centric 150cc motorcycle. According to Suzuki, the Gixxer's engine is all new; it uses new piston and combustion chamber design; lighter and more slippery components; and it doesn't even sport the same bore and stroke values as the GS. The Gixxer's engine also uses SEP or Suzuki Eco Performance; a technology Suzuki says enhances fuel economy without eating into the power stakes. It is a single cylinder engine with a single overhead cam operating two valves. The power or torque figures for the motorcycle haven't been revealed yet, but according to the Japanese two wheeler giant (which hasn't acquired that status in India yet), the Gixxer's engine will have best in class performance. Also read: Suzuki Gixxer unveiled.
The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and not a 6-speed as on the GS. The rationale? Officially, the gear ratios for the new 'box work so well throughout the rev range of the engine that there was no need for a 6-speed. Unofficially, the Indian junta never warmed up to a 6-speed 'box in this class of motorcycles. So the new one thus developed, was designed and optimised to deliver similar if not better performance (read rideability, acceleration and fuel economy) as the 6-speed unit.