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Suzuki V-Strom 650 expected to launch in India soon

Suzuki V-Strom 650 expected to launch in India soon

Snapshot: The consideration of Suzuki Motorcycles to assemble the units in India will certainly make the bike affordable and competitive.

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Suzuki, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is planning to launch the middleweight sports touring bike, Suzuki V-Strom in India very soon. The V-Strom 650 is to be exported from Japan as completely knocked down (CKD) units, while the assembling work will be done locally in India.

The consideration of Suzuki Motorcycles to assemble the units in India will certainly make the bike affordable and competitive. The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is presently on sale in the country and with the demand for affordable adventure tourers in India, the company is looking to bring in the smaller version of the bike. 

The company believes that it will at least take a year to train the Indian technicians for assembling the product and a special assembly line-up will be created for assembling the V-Strom 650. Once the assembling of the units starts, it will be ready for launch within two years. However, there is no official announcement of the same, as of now.

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is already on sale in the international markets and is offered in two variants – Standard V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT. The major difference between the variants is found in the wheels. The standard version offers a slightly lighter aluminium wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Battlewing tyres. On the other hand, the more off-road centric bike, V-Strom 650XT offer aluminium rims with stainless steel and the Bridgestone Battleax adventure tyre, which is tubeless in nature. Apart from this, the standard version is lighter in weight with 213 kg against the 216 kg of the XT version.

Mechanically, the Suzuki V-Strom features a 645cc, liquid-cooled, v-twin engine that is capable enough to produce a maximum power output of 70 bhp and a peak torque of 66 Nm. The engines come paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. Both the variants offer ABS as standard.

The India-assembled V-Strom 650 is expected to be priced competitively within the range of Rs. 6 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs. 7 lakh (ex-showroom). Presently, Suzuki assembles the Hayabusa in India, which is performing well in the market.

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