Not all debuts are sure shot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.
Then came the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer and its faired sibling, the Gixxer SF. They became an instant hit in the mass market segment and over the years, they kept updating their best motorcycle to keep in touch with the growing competition. In 2017 too, the bikes received updates that gave them new dual tone paint schemes, disc brakes and graphics along with BH4 compliance and AHO unit.
For the coming festive season, Suzuki is planning another surprise for us and we are diligently here to play spoilsport to that. As reported by Carblog, the Japanese brand has finally seemed to have listened to its customers and are mildly updating the current crop of Gixxers.
The festive edition Gixxer SP will adorn a new Tri-Colour paint job in three colour combinations – red, black and grey. With it, the bike gets new SP graphics on the bodywork. The Gixxer SF, on the other hand, is the bigger story here. The bike will get a new top end variant which will have the same Tri-Colour paint job and an ABS safety unit along with the disc brakes at both ends and fuel injection.
On the Gixxer series, Suzuki has retained the refined and powerful single cylinder, air cooled, and 155cc engine from the standard version of the Gixxer that launched in 2015. Suzuki’s Eco Performance (SEP) technology introduced fuel injection system on this engine, which makes it the first mass-market fuel injected motorcycle from Suzuki in India. Though, there is no power bump or increase in numbers, the fuel injected engine on the Gixxer continues to produce 15 bhp at 8000 rpm of power and 14 Nm at 6000 rpm of torque.
However, as with other fuel injected engines, the powertrain here definitely feels more responsive in the entire rev range, with crisper throttle responses and better fuel economy than the carburetted version of the same. It promises a distinct biking experience with its sharp torque and dynamic mid-range power that ensure better acceleration and sporty handling. The mill is coupled to the same 5-speed gearbox of the Gixxer, with no changes to the gear ratios.
The mechanical components remain similar to the outgoing model. With a 41mm Telescopic front forks and 7 step adjustable mono-shock, stability on the road will be optimum. Added rear disc variant on the Gixxer will please many and the added ABS equipment on the SF will finally be appreciated.
The 2017 Suzuki Gixxer will now cost ₹ 77452 for the drum brake trim and ₹ 80528 for the rear disc variant. We don’t expect Suzuki to change these pricings for the Gixxer. The 2017 Suzuki Gixxer SF carburetted and fuel injected version costs ₹ 89659 and ₹ 93499 respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the addition of ABS now, the Gixxer SF ABS will cost somewhere around ₹ 1.2 lakh – ₹ 1.5 lakh.
Suzuki will launch it right on time with the festive season this month end. We might even be able to avail discounts on these as well as every other model under the Suzuki bandwagon.