Yamaha FZ Range Explained: FZ-X, FZ-S Fi And More!
The FZ range in India comprises motorcycles both in the 150cc and 250cc segments
Yamaha has started a new chapter in the retro motorcycle space with the launch of the Yamaha FZ-X. With this motorcycle, the Yamaha FZ family now caters to different segments with varying engine capacities. We take you through the model family:
Yamaha FZ-S Fi / Yamaha FZ Fi
The Yamaha FZ16 was the first motorcycle in India under the FZ range. It was then downsized with a 149cc fuel-injected engine (named Version 2.0) in favour of fuel efficiency. This powerplant was later upgraded to meet the BS6 norms, along with tweaked styling, called Version 3.0. Compared to the base Yamaha FZ Fi V3.0, the Yamaha FZ-S Fi V3.0 is the more upscale version, complete with chrome embellishments around the faux fuel tank scoops and slightly more premium-looking colour schemes with rim stickers.
The Vintage Edition of the Yamaha FZ-S features an exclusive green livery with a suede seat cover and standard Bluetooth connectivity. While Bluetooth connectivity is also offered as standard across all the 2020 iterations of the FZ-S, it is optional for the 2019 model as well as the FZ-Fi. One will have to pay Rs 3,000 for the kit.
The two motorcycles share the same powertrain and underpinnings. The 149cc isn’t exactly the most powerful engine of the lot, churning out 12.4PS and 13.3Nm, just 0.6PS more than the Bajaj Pulsar 125. They roll on road-biased rubber, wrapped on 17-inch alloy wheels, linked to a telescopic front fork and a rear monoshock. All in all, if you’re looking for a sporty yet fuel-efficient streetfighter, the Yamaha FZ-S Fi/ FZ Fi are good choices. Take a look at their ex-showroom Delhi price list:
The Yamaha FZ-X is based on its streetfighter siblings, the FZ-S Fi and the FZ Fi. It shares the same chassis and underpinnings (with different tyres), but with a different bodywork and ergonomics package. The retro-styling is rounded off by the circular all-LED headlamp, tear-drop shaped fuel tank with offset fuel cap, simple side panels, and a rather crude-looking rear with a boxy LED tail lamp.
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The instrument cluster is different compared to the one on the naked. This one features a different layout and is also compatible with Yamaha Motorcycle Connect App (connected version sold as a separate variant). The standard model without Bluetooth connectivity costs Rs 1,16,800 whereas the version with the connectivity retails at Rs 1,19,800 (both ex-showroom Delhi). This is the most affordable neo-retro motorcycle in India.
Yamaha FZ25, FZS 25
The Yamaha FZ25 twins recently saw massive price reductions. The standard model is now pegged at Rs 1,34,800, whereas the FZ-S 25 costs Rs 1,39,300 (both ex-showroom Delhi). You can read the reason for the price cuts here.
The Yamaha FZ25 marked the brand’s entry into the 250cc segment. The second-generation version received a new headlamp setup and new colour schemes. The S variant was also introduced, featuring a taller flyscreen, knuckle guards, and exclusive colour schemes. The two bikes share the same 249cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine with an oil cooler, making 20.8PS and 20.1Nm, mated to a 5-speed transmission. It’s the only motorcycle under the Japanese brand’s lineup in India to have an air-cooled engine with an oil cooler.
While the FZ25 can do the occasional weekend highway runs, the not-so-powerful motor and the lack of a sixth gear could play spoilsport for those looking for a proper touring machine. All in all, the FZ25 range will be perfect for those interested in a reasonably powerful quarter-litre naked for everyday runs and the odd weekend rides.