Suzuki China is all set to introduce a new street-naked performance motorcycle in the country named the Suzuki GSX-S300 (Hojue DR300). The bike was showcased as a concept at the Chongqing Moto Fair in 2018 and the company is now introducing the production version that has been spotted in live images ahead of the launch. Local bike maker Hojue is Suzuki’s partner in China and retails small displacement motorcycles from the manufacturer. The Suzuki GSX-S300 will be a premium offering with sporty styling and a powerful engine. The motorcycle carries the Hojue brand as well.
The Suzuki GSX-S300 looks sharp in styling with a smartly designed headlamp cluster that gets a full LED unit, along with a small visor with the Hojue brand name. The 16 litre fuel tank design is larger and angular and comes with extensions on either side. The bike also gets split seats, alloy wheels and lovely looking gold finished USD front forks from KYB. The GSX-S300 also comes with a fully digital instrument console that packs a number of details including the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, oil change indicator and more.
Powering the Suzuki GSX-S300 will be the newly developed 298cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 29.23PS at 8,500rpm and 27.8Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Suzuki claims a fuel efficiency figure of 32.8kmpl (WMTC) on the GSX-S300 with the engine tuned for low and mid range grunt.
Suspension duties on the streetfighter will include USD front forks and a 7-step pre-load adjustable monoshock at the rear. The braking set-up includes 298mm petal disc with dual piston calipers at the front, and a smaller disc at the rear with a single piston caliper. The bike comes with dual-channel ABS sourced from Bosch.
Suzuki is expected to price the new GSX-R300 around Rs. 3.5-3.7 lakh (CNY 33,000-35,000) in China. The bike though will be specific to the market and could be sold in a handful of other countries. However, the company has no plans to bring the motorcycle to India. Suzuki retails the Gixxer 250 in a similar displacement segment and the bike has been locally developed keeping the requirements of the Indian customer. It’s also nearly half the price with a single-cylinder engine on offer.