EICMA 2015 - Hyosung showcases the new 2016 GT300R!
Snapshot: The Baby Hyosung GT250R grows up to become the GT300R for 2016...and it looks pretty..
As expected the Korean motorcycle maker was to bring updated versions of all its present line-up for the 2016 model year at EICMA 2015 and among these, an update to the GT250R was the ost expected one. With most of the competition going towards the 300cc mark it was a certainty that Hyosung's offering in the same segment will sooner than later receive capacity bump and this is exactly what has happened. Hyosung has unveiled a GT300R which will be replacing the current GT250R to become Hyosung's quarter liter contender in the segment. The 2016 GT300R features a retuned engine from the older GT250R and has seen a capacity bump meaning more power and performance.
The new bike features a new design that is inspired from the 2016 version of its bigger sibling, the GT650R (Read about it here). Similar to its bigger sibling, the GT300R features a more flowing organic designs that see all the panels gelling into each other flawlessly, here again just like the GT650R, the older head light design has given way to twin design. However, the size of the GT300R as always will give the smaller Hyosung sportbike an edge over its competition with its proper big bike appearance, which has become a Hyosung design trademark now. There is a 15 liter tank this time around, while the seating design has taken a more elongated round form, though the split arrangement still exists on the GT300R. Doing the tyre duties are MRF tyres with the front being a 110/70 R-17 while a 150/60 R-17 does duty at the rear, and adds to the muscular appeal of the bike, though we would have liked a bit fatter tyre upfront.
The capacity increase to 275cc brings the power output up to 28bhp@10,500rpm while the 8-valve V-twin engine produces 23.5Nm of torque@7000rpm. The bike features a constant mesh 5-Speed gearbox. All these mechanical changes should mean that you can expect a top speed increase of around 20kmph as compared to the current GT250R's 150kmph.Suspension remains the as same as its predecessor for the 2016 GT300R, which is a 41mm USD unit upfront and a monoshock at the back. On braking front, the 2016 model comes equipped with a standard 300mm front disc setup, that uses 4-piston callipers, while at the rear the brakes are the same one's that does duty on the GT250R with a 230mm disc.
Expect the launch of this bike around 2016 AutoExpo, and it should be priced around the 3.5 lakh mark. We reckon it is high time DSK Motowheels starts considering manufacturing of Hyosung products in India, as these products will benefit hugely from that and support Hyosung's growth plan in India.
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