It’s been a while since we’ve seen something new from the DSK-Hyosung stable. The last new products were the Aquila 250 cruiser, and the GD250N, a street naked which hasn’t made it to showrooms, yet. But, we're told things are going to change next February when DSK brings four new bikes to the Delhi Auto Expo. Here’s a look at what’s coming our way.
In the current Hyosung line-up, there's a gap between the entry-level 250cc bikes and the higher-capacity top-end models. And, that’s the void the company plans to fill with the new GD450. In essence, it’s a more powerful version of the GD250, which means it uses the same chassis, but with a different setup to cope with more power, which comes from an all-new, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 450cc motor developing 49hp and 47.7Nm of pulling power, teamed with a 6-speed ’box. It uses upside-down forks up front and a monoshock at the back. With the GD450, Hyosung plans to take on the KTM 390 Duke head on. But, we believe it’s going to be an uphill task beating the Orange Brigade when it comes to power-to-weight ratios and pricing. The GD450, which has been showcased at EICMA, is a concept, but Hyosung says it's close to finalizing the product before getting it to India.
The GV250, a baby version of the Aquila 650, will soon be replaced by the GV300. So, as you may have figured, this is an uprated version of the GV250, with tweaks made to the chassis, a bigger 275cc V-twin motor making 22.5hp and 23.5Nm of torque – numbers identical to the GV250's. However, this is a Euro 4-spec motor and the figures will change by a bit once it comes to India. It also gets a bigger 19-inch wheels up front for “added stability at higher speeds”. Apart from the few styling changes, the rest of the motorcycle remains the same.
Hyosung’s middleweight sportsbike gets extensive styling updates. It gets a new fairing, it's narrower than before and the rear, too, has a new look. Hyosung has also changed the seating position, making it less sporty than it used to be. It believes an upright seating position will help make the GT a better motorcycle for everyday use.
The smaller GT, too, gets a styling revamp and an altered seating position. In addition, there’s now an updated engine, too. Like the cruiser, it gets the updated 275cc motor with 28hp and 23.5Nm of torque.
All these bikes will be present at the DSK-Hyosung stall at the upcoming Auto Expo, post which it plans to launch them in India, starting with the GV300, around April 2016.
The all-new GD450, the updated GT650R & GT300R and a bigger cruiser, the GV300, should be coming to India by next year.
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