India’s entry-level performance bike segment is abuzz with new models from different two-wheeler manufacturers.
Kawasaki, Honda and Bajaj have introduced the Ninja, CBR250 and Pulsar 200NS, respectively, to the country’s enthusiasts, who have appreciated the bikes and set the cash registers ringing. It’s Garware Hyosung’s turn now to exploit the surging demand with the GT250R.
The company is expected to launch the 250-cc performance bike in a couple of months, the bookings for which will open in May 2012. The bike will be identical to the GT650R, except for a smaller motor which will churn out 28.89 PS and 22.68 Nm.
The company will leave no stones unturned to make the 250 a success and will also offer tempting finance schemes to woo buyers. A naked version of the bike, called the GT250, will be launched soon thereafter. The biggest challenge for the Korean bike-makers will be to price the GT250R competitively in view of the massive import duties and taxes it attracts. Most of the 200-cc to 250-cc bikes are priced well under Rs 2 lakh, except the Ninja 250R, which costs close to Rs 3 lakh.
The competition is becoming fiercer in this segment and we hope other manufacturers also join the fray.