Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. has launched the FZ Version 2.0 and FZ-S Version 2.0 priced at Rs. 76,250/- and 78,250/- respectively. The bike is powered by an air-cooled 149cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder engine, now with fuel-injection technology. What might seem a little surprising is that Yamaha will continue to sell the FZ version 1.0 alongside the new model.
The FZ Series motorcycles were first introduced in 2008 and remained unchanged till now, apart from the annual saga of introducing paint schemes. Yamaha claims that the new FZ Series models have been developed with Yamaha’s new generation engine development ideal – ‘Blue Core’ featuring improved fuel efficiency, acceleration and environmental friendliness.
The bike now features 14% improvement in its fuel economy as compared to its predecessor and is compliant with BS IV emission standards. Fuel injection also is a major differentiator here since the previous bikes used to run on a carburetted engine. Changes to the new bike include a slight reduction in weight, redesigned headlamp, new floating cowl below the tank, redesigned exhaust, a bigger tyre hugger, split seats, different grab rails for the pillion rider, new instrument cluster with ‘ECO Indicator’ that lights up when the machine is ridden a little less enthusiastically, tweaked front and rear suspension settings, tweaked chassis and of course, new decals.
What might disappoint a few is that the bike has stepped down in terms of engine performance a little. The engine is now down from 153cc to 149cc. Peak power is down from 14 PS to 13.1 PS and peak torque is down from 13.6 Nm to 12.8 Nm. However, apart from the reduced power and torque figures, the FZ series is the cheapest motorcycle to come with fuel injection as standard. One can expect all these changes to be incorporated on the faired sibling, Yamaha Fazer in the coming months.
In April 2013, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd established a separate sister concern, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. (YMIS) to cater to the company’s sales and marketing needs and function independently. Currently, the products on sale in India are: Fazer (153cc), FZ-S & FZ (153cc), SZ-S, SZ-R & SZ-RR (153cc), YZF-R15 Version 2.0 (150cc), SS125 (123cc), YBR 125 (123cc), YBR 110 (106cc), Crux (106cc) and Ray & Ray Z (113 cc) and Alpha(113 cc) Scooters. Import portfolio includes VMAX (1,679cc), YZF-R1 (998cc) and FZ1 (998cc).
Overall length: 1,990mm
Overall width: 770mm
Overall height: 1,050mm
Seat height: 790mm
Minimum ground clearance: 160mm
Wet weight (with oil and a full fuel tank): 132kg
Engine Displacement: 149cc
Maximum horse power: 13.1 PS @ 8000 RPM
Maximum torque: 12.8 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Starting system type: Electric
Engine oil capacity: 1.2L
Fuel tank capacity: 12L
Fuel supply: Fuel injection
Tyre size (Front): 100/80-17M/C(52P) MRF Nylogrip Zapper FX1 (tubeless)
Tyre size (Rear): 140/60-R17M/C(63P) MRF Revz-Y (tubeless)
Brake type (Front): Hydraulic disc brake
Brake type (Rear): Drum brake