Yamaha Motors India have announced a virtual launch on 18 June and could it be the new Yamaha FZ-X? Two production-ready units of the Yamaha FZ-X were spotted testing without camouflage recently. The bikes were being shot for an upcoming TV commercial.
Yamaha Motor in India had filed a trademark for the FZ-X moniker a few months ago and many had predicted that they were set to launch a 250-cc ADV motorcycle. That is however not the case as recent spy shots of the Yamaha FZ-X that has been spotted give us a better look at the motorcycle and it is clear that is is based on the FZ 150-cc platform.
In terms of design, what we will be getting is a neo-retro scrambler sporting a round headlight at the front, a teardrop shaped tank inspired from the XSR 155 which is sold in international markets and a single-piece seat unit. Other highlights include fork gaiters on the telescopic forks up front and dual purpose tyres.
There were also rumors that one of the upcoming Yamaha models would likely be the XSR 155 which is based on the MT-15 platform featuring more premium parts and features including USD forks, the Deltabox frame, an aluminum swingarm, and dual-channel ABS. To keep the costs in check, Yamaha seem to have used the option that is likely to give them better sales and work well in the very competitive Indian market.
The bike will make use of the same 149-cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motor from the FZ. This engine puts out 12.4 hp at 7,250 rpm and a peak torque of 13.3 Nm at 5,500 rpm and is paired to a five-speed gearbox. It is not very clear in the pictures but the bike will mostly make use of a newly designed silencer unit.
We can expect a launch in the upcoming month or a little later depending on the current situation with the pandemic. Going by the looks, this might be priced at a slight premium over the FZ and FZS which are priced between Rs 1.04 lakh and Rs 1.08 lakh respectively (ex-showroom prices). More details to follow soon.
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