Recently India Yamaha Motors introduced their second scooter offering for India, the Ray-Z the latest member of the sporty Z-family (the others being FZ and SZ motorcycles), which, as in other Z-models, comes with additional features.
The visible changes include a new smoked-finish visor, wing-shaped aluminium grab-bars, carbon-fibre finish on the instrument console and on the seat. Also included are three new body graphics that look great. Then there are the all-black wheels and front forks to complete the bad-boy image of the Z.
The Z variant is mechanically identical to the Ray, adopting the same four-stroke, 113-cc SOHC engine, producing a respectable peak power of 7.1 PS at 7,500 revolutions per minute and 8.1 Nm of maximum torque at 5,000 RPM. We didn’t get a chance to test the Ray-Z, but it would offer similar performance like the normal Ray, which did 0-60 km/h in 9.48 seconds and returned an efficiency figure of 42.5 km/l. Smooth power delivery makes city commuting a breeze.
It carries over other features from its sibling, such as the practical folding rear footrest, 15.5-litre under-seat storage and a couple of cubbyholes near the ignition switch. Priced at a premium of Rs 1,500 over the regular Ray, the new Ray-Z is priced at Rs 48,555 (ex-showroom). Being a more trendy option, the youth may just bite the bait.
Story: Sarmad Kadiri