Suzuki aims to sell one lakh units of Gixxer this fiscal
With most of the manufactures working hard in the 200 cc segment in Indian market, there haven’t been many interesting launches in the 150 cc segment for a while. We saw some ‘new’ motorcycles come, but they were either too focussed to appeal the masses or they were cosmetic jobs on the models that had aged. There wasn’t something fresh built from ground up that would bring something new to the segment. We aren’t suggesting that the updated products were dull, but they just didn’t dazzle anymore. Then came in the Suzuki Gixxer which managed to get our attention and bring something fresh to the market.
To be very honest, Suzuki products have been a bit uninteresting for a while. Either they were too ordinary to stand out or they were just targeted at the commuter segment. Now with the Suzuki Gixxer, Suzuki has made the right move and they have got big hopes from the product. The Suzuki Gixxer is being received very well in the market and has already received a decent number of bookings all across the country.
The Suzuki Gixxer is an all new product by the Japanese manufacturer and has got a sporty character to justify its name. The name Gixxer has been used for the litre class GSX-R in the past and badging a 150 cc motorcycle with this name is rather bold if you ask us. It has got a masculine styling which would appeal to a large number of enthusiasts. It gets Suzuki’s twin port exhaust which gives it a nice look along with a sporty exhaust note. The console looks great as well and provides a lot of information to the rider. Fit and finish on the motorcycle is top notch and you won’t have anything to complain about in this department.
The chassis feels capable and the suspension offers the right balance between handling and ride quality. It feels nimble but still manages to cope up well with bad surfaces. The 155 cc engine generates a peak power of 14.8 PS and a peak torque of 14 Nm. The engine provides decent level of low end torque to make it easily drivable around town and the mid-range helps the speedo reading to climb up quickly. The engine is refined and there aren’t any noticeable vibrations. The top end is a bit flat but not everyone would be complaining about it.
Nationwide Suzuki has already received more than 3000 bookings for the Gixxer and of these 2000 vehicles have been delivered already. It is receiving a good response from Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Kerala, they have already got 200 bookings and Suzuki Motorcycle India will be delivering 500 bikes by the end of this month. The Suzuki Gixxer is targeted primarily at the Indian youth and apparently they have got it right. It ticks all the right boxes to appeal to the target audience. It is available in five different colours and is priced at Rs 74,552 (ex-showroom Kochi).