Yamaha FZ-X Launch: Price Analysis
Wondering how much the Yamaha FZ-X could cost? We analyse just that
[UPDATE: Yamaha has launched the FZ-X in India. Check out our launch story for the price, specs and other details.]
Yamaha will launch its first neo-retro motorcycle in India, the Yamaha FZ-X, on June 18. This move should herald a new beginning of sorts for the Japanese in the lucrative retro segment currently dominated by Royal Enfield. While the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 was the most affordable retro bike one could buy (Rs 1,53,718, on-road Delhi), the Yamaha FZ-X has the potential to enjoy that distinction once launched. But how much would it cost?
We already know the Yamaha FZ-X will be based on the proven Yamaha FZ FI / Yamaha FZ-S FI platform. So that opens up the possibility of extensive parts-sharing, at least the core components. Yamaha could use the same diamond frame, telescopic front fork, rear monoshock, alloy wheels, disc brakes, and more importantly, the 149cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine. Realistically speaking, Yamaha will likely retain the same tune as the streetfighter to keep costs in check. Which means this neo-retro offering could make the same 12.4PS and 13.6Nm as the naked bike.
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That said, Yamaha might’ve had to spend on the bodywork, considering it is different from the streetfighter. The LED headlight and tail lamp are all-new units, and so are the fuel tank, tank extensions, engine cowl, contoured single-piece seat, front and rear fenders, and handlebar. The instrument cluster also appears to be different, and the front suspension features a pair of gaiters for a more rugged look. Even the tyres are new and are more rugged-looking than the ones on the FZ.
Most of the changes are cosmetic. So factoring in this, it's safe to say the bike will command a premium of around Rs 5,000 over the FZ-S, which retails at Rs 1,04,700 (ex-showroom Delhi). Expect Yamaha to throw in funkier colour options and Bluetooth connectivity for an extra Rs 3,500. You think this is a fair price for the FZ-X? Let us know in the comments.