The Yamaha FZ FI and FZ-S FI V 3.0 is here, with a launch having taken place today in Delhi. We take a look at what the 150-cc sporty commuter is all about.
On the design front, the new bikes take a bunch of styling cues from their bigger sibling – the FZ25. This is mainly apparent upfront with the headlamp, which is a LED unit. The baby FZs of the past have always had muscular tanks and the story continues with the upcoming model, albeit, in a more sculpted form. The seat maintains the one-piece design as its predecessor and looks wide and comfortable, but with new full grab handles for the pillion rather than the split ones seen in the older models. Other design features are the re-designed exhaust and belly pan with the FZ retaining the same tail lamp and indicator rear mounts.
Powering the bike is the same 149-cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that can be found on the current model. This unit delivers 13.2 PS and 12.8 Nm of torque mated to a five-speed transmission. The FZ FI and FZ S FI V 3.0 will get the now mandatory addition of ABS, in all probability on the front wheel only, keeping up with new norms.
The motorcycles will continue to battle against the likes of Honda’s CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki’s Gixxer, and TVS’s Apache RTR160. Pricing for the bikes are Rs 95,000 for the FZ FI V3.0 and Rs 97,000 for the FZ-S FI V 3.0, respectively, this is a Rs 11,000 – Rs 14,000 increase from the outgoing version. Colours available are: Matt Black, Dark Matt Blue, and Gray & Cyan Blue for the FZ-S FI V 3.0. The FZ FI will be available in Metric Black and Racing Blue.
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Story: Zal Cursetji