Suzuki Launches Extended Small Capacity Lineup in Milan
Suzuki has further extended its small capacity model lineup for 2017, with four new machines unveiled today at Eicma, Milan, taking Suzuki’s total number of new models for the new year to 12.
Following the announcement of Suzuki’s flagship GSX-R1000R at Intermot, Eicma saw the Japanese manufacturer strengthen its offerings in the small capacity sector of the market, with a new V-Strom 250, GSX-S125, GSX250R, and Burgman 400 joining the newly unveiled GSX-R125 in the brand’s expanding sub-400cc range.
Suzuki’s V-Strom range has been combining two-wheeled practicality, style, and excitement since the introduction of the original V-Strom 1000 in 2002. With both a new V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650 debuted at Intermot – as well as XT variants of both popular adventure machines – Suzuki has further expanded its V-Strom stable for 2017, with the introduction of a new 250 model that brings all of those qualities to a broader range of riders.
A redesigned version of Suzuki’s 248cc parallel twin engine powers the new V-Strom 250, with a particular focus on the engine’s low and midrange torque giving the new adventure-styled machine 23.4Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. The punchy twin-cylinder power-plant revs on to produce peak power of 25PS at 8,000rpm.
Information is displayed to the rider on a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, and includes information such as speedo, rev counter, gear position indicator, and fuel range, and sits inside a compact screen that has been extensively wind tunnel tested for optimised weather protection.
Similar to the bigger V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650 models, the V-Strom 250 benefits from an integrated luggage system that removes the requirement for an additional rack for the fitment of Suzuki’s genuine side cases. An additional top box is also available from Suzuki’s accessory range.
The V-Strom 250’s styling takes design cues from its larger siblings, with the beak design and the yellow colour option paying homage to Suzuki’s iconic DR-Z Dakar racer and current championship-winning RM-Z motocross range.
Forecasted arrival of the V-Strom 250 in UK dealerships is in the summer.