Suzuki will launch the much awaited GSR 150 on October 23rd. GSR 150 (known as Lanza) has been raising expectations since Suzuki expressed its intent to foray into the highly competetive 150cc segment. While Suzuki’s counterpart Yamaha stormed the 150cc segment with the launch of YZF R15 and FZ16, Suzuki’s foray into the segment is expected to be create similar impact in the segment. GSR150 is special especially because this is the second performance bike after successfull Fiero from Suzuki.
While the sports bikes made specifically made for India making into the headlines, ergonomics takes the back seat. But with the new GSR 150, suzuki would produce best of both worlds. Inspired from the styling of GSR 400 and GSR 600, new GSR 150 boasts masculine styling cues. With a bikini fairing, wolf-eyed headlamps and pilot lamps mounted on either side the styling of the GSR is little conserative. GSR 150’s muscular fuel tank is alike the one seen in TVS Apache RTR . The seats are wider and longer to give comfortable ride. The handlebars with weights borrowed from 125cc zeus is slightly downmarket.
GSR 150 has no monshock, but comes with the contemporary gas charged suspension at the rear. Disc brake at the front and drum at the rear is as typical of any 150cc bike. Gear lever is the comfortable heel and toe type and GSR 150 comes with a six speed transmission. The engine is not hi-fi as Yamaha’s R15 but will make a max power around 15bhp and will return good mileage / fuel economy.For the first time, Suzuki offers all the contemporary yet modern features in its bike. GSR 150 gets a LCD console and a LED tail lamp cluster.Lanza features a disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear.
Suzuki’s GSR 150 will take on the Bajaj Pulsar, TVS apache RTR, Honda Unicorn,Hero Honda Hunk and Yamaha FZ16. Going by thee history of Suzuki, GSR 150 is expected to be priced with premium over the peers. Expect the price of GSR 150 around Rs70,000.