We had assumed that the GT 650R was not doing surprisingly well in the Indian market, but in a recent announcement by Garware-Hyosung, the motorcycle indeed strips down for a limited edition. We’ve had special edition motorcycles before, honoring the success of the mainstream version, and the Indo-Korean motorcycle manufacturer is doing the same trick with the GT 650R superbike.
Dubbed, the Hyosung GT650N, is a naked sportsbike version of the fully-faired GT 650R offered in India. It is the entry-level product of the Indo-Korean company for the Indian premium lifestyle motorcycle market. With the fairing done away, the naked superbike loses considerable amount of weight and price. Moreover, the street fighter trend resembles comfortable riding and freedom, and youth today is more driven towards the naked guise.
As such, the Naked superibike is same as the fully-faired version, powered by the same 650cc, V-Twin motor. Coming with fuel injection and a DOHC 4 valves/cylinder configuration, the engine spits out 72 bhp peak power, and 61 Nm peak torque. Transmission is a six-speed gearbox, which gives a pull from 0-100 kmph in 5 seconds. Push a little further and the GT 650N can do as much as 200 kmph.
Speaking of the cosmetic uplifts, the major change includes the superbike losing its fairing for a more aggressive naked appeal. More obvious features include the frame painted in bold red, traditional street fighter look. The fuel tank and rear body panels get exciting new graphics going along with the naked appeal. Both the front and the rear mags get new pin striping. Though the fairing is done away, these additional cosmetic uplifts on the special edition will have you dig deeper into your pocket. The GT 650N special edition comes at RS 15,000 above the standard edition.
Currently, Garware-Hyosung assembles the Hyosung GT650N via CKD kits at its Wai facility in Maharashtra. However, the engine and transmission units are imported into the country via CBU route. There is report of the company starting the assembly of the driveline in India via CKD kits, which will considerably bring down the cost of the 650 cc superbike.
We had recently brought the news of Garware-Hyosung launching the bigger brother of GT 125R available in the international market. This will be launched in the quarter-litre segment for Indian market and will be priced around Rs 2-2.5 lacs.