Photos of Salman Khan riding the Suzuki GW250 bike on the sets of his upcoming movie, Mental, have surfaced on the Internet giving credence to the possibility of the 250cc bike's launch in India by the end of the year
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Way back in July 2012 (Suzuki Inazuma 250 launched in UK; may come to India) ZigWheels had reported that Suzuki would be launching its 250cc naked bike, Inazuma (which will be brought to the Indian market as GW250) in 2013 and if the above photo is anything to go by, it appears our prediction is about to turn true soon. Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was spotted riding the bike while shooting for his upcoming flick ‘Mental’ in Lavasa, Maharashtra. Salman Khan, who is also Suzuki’s brand ambassador, will be seen riding the GW250 in the film, probably to promote the upcoming quarter-litre bike. The bike's launch is expected to be around the same time as the movie's release in September.
The entry-level performance bike segment has witnessed its fair share of action in the recent past with many launches in this segment. Currently the bikes on sale in this segment are Honda’s CBR 250R, Hyosung’s GT250R, the recently launched Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the soon to be launched KTM 390. Apart from these, many other two-wheeler manufacturers are eyeing this segment buoyed by demand from young, first-time buyers who perceive bikes less as a mode of transport and more of a lifestyle symbol. Related:Suzuki GW250 Video
Powering the GW250 is a 248cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin mill capable of pushing out 25PS of power and 24Nm of torque. All this power and torque is transferred on the tarmac via a six-speed gearbox. The bike borrows its design language from the huge 1,300cc B-King naked bike (though this one weighs just 183kg) and it looks smart however, it’s not as flamboyant as the Kawasaki or the Honda. The GW250 is priced at £3,400 in UK which translates to roughly Rs 2.84 lakh but it is expected that with CKD assembly, Suzuki would be able to price the bike below Rs 2 lakh for the Indian market.