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A rumour has surfaced online alleging a new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model is currently in the pipeline.

The rumour follows a report published by a Japanese magazine that featured a rendered mock-up of how Suzuki’s new quarter-litre model could look like. Whether the supposed quarter-litre Gixxer would adopt a single-cylinder or twin-cylinder powerplant remains unconfirmed for now.

It is believed by many that Suzuki will face stiff challenges if it chooses to enter the quarter-litre market segment. The key reasoning behind this is the fact that rivals such as Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda have already established strong positions in this segment.

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Kawasaki leads this pack with its offer of both single- and twin-cylinder versions of its 250cc model range – Ninja 250, Ninja 250SL, Z250 and Z250SL.Yamaha also recently entered with its sole twin-cylinder YZF-R25 model. Currently, Honda has its single-cylinder CBR250R model only, but a recent production rumour could see the brand introduce a twin-cylinder quarter-litre model too.

Furthermore, all three rivalling brands offer larger 300cc versions of their current 250cc models for the European market as well. This means Suzuki will need to adopt a similar approach to become competitive. Presently, the quarter-litre entry-level bike category is a lucrative segment in emerging markets such as Asia, and we suspect Suzuki aims to capitalise on this.

Sources did not report of a possible target debut date, but optimistic expectations suggest at least a concept or prototype to be shown at one of the bike shows scheduled during the autumn season this year.

Sources: Asphaltandrubber and Visordown