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Suzuki Gixxer 155 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 14 2020 Share this blog

Gixxer is the pet name which hardcore Suzuki fans use for the highly acclaimed Suzuki GSX-R line-up. Suzuki has a name around the world for its litre-class offering and so went with this beloved nomenclature to name its line-up in India which eventually changed its stand from “barely surviving” to “ best-seller” in just one year. The Gixxer line-up was what changed Suzuki’s fate in India and is befitting of the famed name. It's back for the year 2020 in an all-new avatar.

2020 Suzuki Gixxer 155 has undergone an aesthetic upgrade and a few mechanical ones as well to comply with the new BS6 norms. It is priced in India at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1,00,212 and comes with the same potent engine that makes it an involving ride.

The performance commuter segment is a hot cake and the competition is getting tighter and tighter with the likes of TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Yamaha FZS and Bajaj Pulsar NS160 making things tough for the Suzuki Gixxer. It needs a few tricks up its sleeve to pull this one off and create the same impression as last year.

Pros

  • Smooth revving motor

  • Adaptable Handling 

  • Sporty yet relaxed riding position

  • Build quality is impressive

Cons

  • BS6 ready engine steals a bit of power and torque

  • LED headlamp lacks intensity

  • Uncomfortable pillion seat

What’s New

  • Full LED redesigned headlamp unit

  • Redesigned LED tail lamp

  • Redesigned tank with bigger shrouds

  • Shorter body and longer wheelbase

  • Split Seat

  • Higher seat height

  • Carbureted variant has been discontinued

What’s at the heart of the Suzuki Gixxer 155?

How robust is the performance?

The Gixxer has had a sweet revving motor that was tuned specifically for city hauls. 2020 iteration also carries forward the same character despite losing a bit of power and torque to comply with BS6 norms. If you are migrating from the 2019 iteration, you would feel the slight difference in power delivery.

Suzuki has discontinued the carburated variant and now comes only in a fuel-injected one. You will need to work your way across the revs to keep the motorcycle moving as the torque comes in only after 3000 RPM.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,00,212

Rs.99,950(Drum)

/Rs.1,03,000(Disc)

Rs.1,02,700

Rs.94,195

Engine 

155 cc Air-cooled 2-ValveSOHC Engine

159.7 cc Oil-cooled 4-Valve SOHC Engine

149 cc Air-cooled 2-Valve SOHC Engine

160.3 cc Oil-cooled 4-Valve SOHC Engine

Power 

13.90 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

15.80 bhp
@ 8250 RPM

12.23 bhp

@ 7250 RPM

15.28 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

Torque

14 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

14.12 Nm

@ 7250 RPM

13.6 Nm

@ 5500 RPM

14.6 Nm

@ 6500 RPM

It provides the perfect blend for city rides and can go on for long durations without the heat. Over the years, competition has caught up and now provides more performance at the same price point. TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS160 are here to make your commuting sporty. Yamaha FZS has similar performance characteristics as the Suzuki Gixxer as both engines are rev happy and devoid of vibrations.


Is the acceleration urban-friendly?

Gixxer 155 accelerates linearly and crosses the 60 kmph mark in under 6 seconds. You are not rushed here as the motorcycle takes its own sweet time to eat up tarmac. The high revving nature of this motor makes you thread the needle all over the rev band until you reach a top speed of 115 kmph.

But after the 90 kmph mark, you start to feel the strain and can see each digit crawl by, until the top speed is obtained in a sluggish 21.6 seconds. This is mostly due to the added 4 kg of kerb weight and reduced engine output.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Engine

155 cc Air-cooled 2-ValveSOHC Engine

159.7 cc Oil-cooled 4-Valve SOHC Engine

149 cc Air-cooled 2-Valve SOHC Engine

160.3 cc Oil-cooled 4-Valve SOHC Engine

Transmission

5-Speed 

5-Speed 

5-Speed 

5-Speed 

0-60 kmph

5.85 s

4.73 s

5.97 s

5.35 s

Top Speed(kmph)

115

114

116

112

Despite the added weight and power crunch, the Gixxer manages to outrun Yamaha FZS in the short sprint and marginally surpass the top speed of TVS Apache RTR 160. The high revving nature of gixxer’s engine pays off here as it treats us with above-average numbers.

 

How sturdy are the brakes on Gixxer 155?

Braking has improved in the 2020 Gixxer as the motorcycle now comes with standard disc brakes and single-channel ABS. The added weight doesn’t hamper its braking performance and provides you with a stronger bite.

There is minimal play in the brake lever and feedback is instantaneous with a progressive nature. The Single-Channel ABS is not dramatic and only comes into action when needed. You are not robbed of control here, unlike some competitors.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/

Drum or Disc 

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

N/A

270

282

260

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

N/A

130(Drum)/

200(Disc)

220

230

Kerb Weight(kg.)

140

149

137

148

80-0 kmph

31.47

41.51

36.44

39.54

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Bitey brakes on the Gixxer helps you come to a halt without a fuss and also the quickest. Even its lighter counterparts take more ground to stop. The progressive and constant braking force is its strongpoint against the competition.


How efficient is the 2020 Suzuki Gixxer 155?

2020  Suzuki Gixxer returns good efficiency figures. The lean nature of fuel along with precise fuel injection system is what coincides with the mileage figures. It sacrifices performance to provide these figures and we aren't complaining.

These numbers are perfect for the daily city haul and will be light on the rider’s pocket as well. The 12 litres fuel tank gives you a range of 600 km which is ample for a week’s work run. 

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

City(kmpl)

42

49.30

50.92

40.3

Highway(kmpl)

53

55.47

56.10

48.0

Overall(kmpl)

50.58

50.0

50.94

42.60

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

12

13

12

12

All of the competition return similar mileage figures as they serve the same purpose of providing the rider with a sporty alternative for the daily hustle and bustle. TVS has added an extra litre behind its edge and tall fuel tank. Suzuki with its SEP technology provides similar fuel efficiency figures as the class-leading Yamaha FZS.

How good is the handling on the Gixxer 155?

Are the dynamics rider-friendly?

This is the key aspect in which Gixxer triumphs in this segment. The lower centre of gravity makes the motorcycle very nimble and a breeze to handle in tight traffic conditions. The chassis is now heavier by 4kg but that does little to disrupt its beautiful handling character.

The suspension is well balanced and is neither too soft or hard and thus soaks in most of our roads easily and without any hiccups. The MRF tyres, however, could have been a bit softer as it takes time to get into form and provide you with its maximum potential.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Chassis 

Single-Downtube

Double-Cradle Split

Diamond

Diamond

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

90/90-17

100/80-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/60-17

110/80-17(Drum) or 130/70-17(Disc)

140/60-17

140/60-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

7 Step Adjustable Mono-Shock

Mono-Shock

7-Step Adjustable Mono-Shock

7-Step Adjustable Mono-Shock

Gixxer has the biggest shoes of the lot and that helps a lot in the handling front. The adjustable rear monoshock helps to fine-tune the overall setup according to your liking. The beefy 41mm front forks are well balanced and provide you with a planted ride. All of the competitors have similar setups and thus showcase similar characteristics.


Is the split-seat comfort in the long run?

Suzuki provides us with a relaxed riding position but you feel a bit of commitment as the torso is leaned forward to grab the handlebars. But the low-positioned footpegs provide a relaxed lower body that aligns the knees perfectly in the contoured tank.

It now ditches the uni-seat setup for a more comfortable split seat unit. The pillion still sits above the rider and is not the most comfortable in its class. The rider seat is flat and well cushioned with a lot of area to move about. You get a clear view behind as well with the sturdy rearview mirrors but it would have been more outwards for better visibility.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Seat height(mm)

795

800

790

805

Ground Clearance (mm)

160

180

165

177

Kerb Weight(Dry)(kg)

140

149

137

148

Starting System

Electric

Electric

Electric

Kick/Electric

TVS Apache is the go-anywhere motorcycle of the lot as it has the highest ground clearance and so detaches you from worrying about scrapping the belly. Yamaha has the lowest ground clearance and should be handled with care, the others have nothing to worry about.

What are the aesthetic changes for the Gixxer 155 in 2020?

Are the looks attention-seeking in the Gixxer 155?

2020 Gixxer 155 has been heavily redesigned aesthetically and it has gotten better than ever. The triple LED headlamp layout makes it stand out in the crowd and Suzuki has now got rid of the bikini fairing to give it a clean and minimal look. If looked at it carefully, the tank shrouds have grown in size and so has the wheelbase of the motorcycle.

But all of these changes have not fiddled with the already perfect riding dynamics which made it a best seller and changed the face of Suzuki in India. The uni-seat has been swapped in for a more comfortable and pleasing split seat setup. The rear LED gives it a much wider stance and it adds to the street presence. It still retains the double-barrel muffler with its unmistakable chrome end. The old instrument cluster has been replaced with a thinner monochrome unit.

Aesthetic Features

  • Double Barrel Exhaust

  • Split Seat

  • Triple Split LED headlamp

  • LED tail lamp

  • Rear tyre hugger

  • Alloy wheels

  • Carved fuel tank with tank shrouds

  • LED Instrument Cluster

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Length (mm)

2020

2035

1990

2017

Width (mm)

800

790

780

803.5

Height(mm)

1035

1050

1080

1060

Wheelbase(mm)

1335

1357

1330

1370

Kerb Weight

140

149

137

148

The motorcycle is compact and thus is easy to filter through the daily hassle. The minimal bodywork helps in better judging the overall size as well. Yamaha FZS is shorter and wider than the Gixxer but gives the same level of confidence in manoeuvrability. 

What are the varying modern features available for 2020?

2020 Suzuki Gixxer 155 is well stocked with features for a commuter. It now gets a single-channel ABS as standard and full LED lighting all-round. The TFT display is now brighter and thinner to give the dashboard a cleaner look. It has a rev-blinker which can be adjusted according to the rider’s need.

The rear tyre hugger now makes sure not to splash the dirt high up and split seat setup gives it a more sporty look. Another notable feature is SEP(Suzuki Eco Performance) which is Suzuki’s take on providing maximum efficiency without sacrificing on performance. It uses lighter engine components to cut short on load and frictional loss thus improving efficiency. Suzuki also provides a host of add-on accessories for rider comfort.

The various offerings are listed below.

  • Under Cowl

  • Saddle Bag

  • Knee Grip Pad

  • Terminal power Source

  • Tank Pad

  • Knuckle Covers

  • Skid plate

  • Bumper bracket

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer 155

TVS Apache RTR 160(BS6)

Yamaha FZS(BS6)

Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,00,212

Rs.99,950(Drum)

/Rs.1,03,000(Disc)

Rs.1,02,700

Rs.94,195

Features

Full LED Headlamps

Full LED Split Headlight

LED headlamps

Triple Spark DTS-i Engine


LED Taillamps

Double-Barrel exhaust

Adjustable Rear Suspension

Oil-Cooled


TFT Digital Instrument Cluster

SHOWA tuned suspension setup

Midship Muffler

Stiffened Chassis


Dual-Exit Exhaust 

Glide Through Technology

Rear tyre hugger

Edgy Pulsar styling


Split-Seat

Dual-tone seat

Attention seeking Chrome treatment

Split-seat


Rear Tyre Hugger

Tyre hugger

Under-cowl

Rear-tyre Hugger


Standard ABS and Rear Disc

Engine Guard

Negative LCD Instrument Cluster

Split Engine Cowl

The commuter segment is now leaning more towards the sporty side as more and more commuters are becoming sporty. This is also the hottest selling segment in India right now and so a marginal improvement can either make or break a manufacturer. Thus, all of the motorcycles in this lot have a host of top-notch features to help keep up with the competition. The most well stuffed one of the lot is TVS Apache RTR 160 4V which has a few neat tricks up its sleeve.

The various safety features on offer?

Suzuki has worked on the safety front as well and now provides with standard single-channel ABS along with disc brakes at both ends. Tubeless tyres make it easy to cater to a flat one and the LED lighting gets attention from afar thus notifying fellow motorists of your presence.

The Instrument cluster is laden with an engine check and ABS light that will notify you in case of an emergency. A bumper bracket comes in as an accessory and is a wise add on to protect the engine as well as the rider in case of a crash.

Safety Features

  • LED headlamps

  • Single-Channel ABS

  • Engine check notification

  • Tubeless Tyres with rear radial tyre

How does the Competition add up against the Suzuki Gixxer?

Suzuki Gixxer 155 vs TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

This Indian is giving the Japanese a hard time with its modern features and eye-catchy design language. The engine is also a performer and has been given the special treatment of TVS’s racing head. If you are into ballistic missiles then Apache is the one for you but if subtle looks and a composed motorcycle is your thing, then the robust character of Gixxer 155 will fit perfectly.

Suzuki Gixxer 155 vs Yamaha FZS

Both the offerings are born of the same idea, to provide the masses with a sporty motorcycle for their daily commute. It adds a bit of colour to your daily grind and also fits in for a strong companion for the weekend ride as well. Yamaha had mastered this for a long time now and Suzuki now follows the same path. Both the Japs provide similar performance and have very similar riding characteristics. We leave this one on you as it all boils down to the brand. If you are into blue, Yamaha is the one for you or else the Gixxer will show how it has vague similarities with its litre-class brother.

Suzuki Gixxer 155 vs Bajaj Pulsar NS160

Bajaj also entered the commuter segment with its new BS160 that is based on the highly successful NS200. But it doesn’t provide the smooth engine character and handling that the Gixxer has. The Japanese surely know how to make a smooth ride. The Pulsar NS160 has vibrations kicking in which makes riding cumbersome. We choose the Gixxer here as it is the more balanced ride of the two.

Does the 2020 Suzuki Gixxer provide with the same vibe as its predecessor?

Suzuki has nailed it this time as well as they have not fiddled with the setup that changed the course of the Japanese automaker in India. But the competition has caught up and the old ones offer a much better package. You get a much better performing machine from Bajaj and TVS and are also backed with modern features, some even being the first in class. So, the Gixxer has a lot of homework to do and as of now doesn’t provide the best value for money proposition.