May 17, 2018

Suzuki patents GSX-R300, may be unveiled soon

Replacement to the Suzuki GSX-250R is in the offing as Suzuki patents a new bike with a first-ever 300cc parallel-twin engine capable of delivering enhanced output. Dubbed as the Suzuki GSX-R300, the sportbike will take on the likes of the Yamaha YZF-R3, the Honda CBR250RR, and the KTM RC390.

With the craze of the middleweight bikes waning the popularity of the sub 500cc bikes segment is seemingly on the rise. Suzuki already has the GSX-250R representing this upcoming segment, but the bike is not performance oriented and certainly not on par with the Yamaha YZF-R3, the Honda CBR250RR, and the KTM RC 390.

Suzuki GSX-250R

But now to stay afloat in the competition Suzuki is likely to perk up this lineup. The Japanese company is planning a successor to the GSX-250R as it filed a patent for it. The new bike will be named as the Suzuki GSX-R300, which will also be a sportier version focused on high output.

The present GSX-250R houses an old 248cc twin-cylinder 2-valve motor which produces 24.7bhp and 23Nm torque, way too lower than what other competitors in this segment are capable of producing. The patent images reveal that the upcoming Suzuki GSX-R300 will derive power from a new 300cc parallel-twin engine mounted on a tubular frame, similar to a trellis frame.

For the underpinnings, the GSX-R300 will use inverted forks up front and a monoshock suspension. Images also reveal a single front disc brake with the mounting bracket diagram as well as aluminum-made traditional swingarm.

The 300cc parallel-twin engine is a doubled up version of the Suzuki GSX-R150's engine. With a 62mm bore and 48.1mm stroke, the engine of the GSX-R300 can crank out up to 40bhp, noticeably a huge bump from the GSX-250R. With this output figure, the GSX-R300 will join the ranks with the Yamaha YZF-R3, the Honda CBR250RR, and the KTM RC 390.

In terms of design, the Suzuki GSX-R300 bears the imprints of any other Suzuki bike, but, it mostly resembles the GSX-R125 for its same seat and headlight design.

With regard to its launch, rumor is rife that it might be unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in November in Milan, Italy. A naked variant of the bike possibly called the Suzuki GSX-S300 has also sprung up in the rumor mill, but, so far, it lacks the details. The pricing for both the bikes remain indeterminate as well.