The Yamaha FZ platform is solid and has been around for over a decade now. But with competition increasing the 150 cc motorcycle segment, Yamaha decided that it would be a good idea to use the FZ platform and bring in a new model, a retro one at that, since retro-styled or retro-themed motorcycles are doing well in India. With that idea, the Yamaha FZ-X was born. It gets a polarising neo-retro design along with Bluetooth connectivity and other features. Here are the top 5 highlights of the Yamaha FZ-X.
(The Yamaha FZ-X has a polarising design. Opinions will certainly be divided on how the bike looks. India Yamaha says it's a definite neo-retro design, and oozes a tough and rugged personality, but whether you like the way it looks or not, it's definitely different from any other 150 cc motorcycle offered on sale in India)
(The Yamaha FZ-X is based on the 150 cc Yamaha FZ platform, so it shares the same 149 cc, single-cylinder engine so it will likely have the same specifications, with maximum power output of 12.4 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 13.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The basic frame is the same as the Yamaha FZ models, and the FZ-X has a kerb weight of 139 kg, 4 kg more than the Yamaha FZ FI, thanks to metal parts in the bodywork)
(One area where India Yamaha given a lot of thought is on features. The Yamaha FZ-X is loaded with features, including Bluetooth connectivity through a dedicated Yamaha Motorcycle Connect app, or the Y-Connect. The negative LCD screen should give a sense of premium-ness to the FZ-X and the Y-Connect app also offers missed call and SMS alerts on the instrument console)
(According to Yamaha, the new FZ-X is the result of market research and consumer demand, for a motorcycle which can be used for touring, as well as the daily commute, and at an attractive price point)
(The FZ-X is offered in two variants, with the standard variant priced at ₹ 1,16,800 (Ex-showroom), while the FZ-X with smartphone connectivity is priced at Rs. 1,19,800 (Ex-showroom). At that price, it's just over Rs. 12,000 more expensive than the Yamaha FZ S FI. There's nothing quite like the Yamaha FZ-X in its segment, and that is its biggest strength, offering customers a different flavour in the 150 cc commuter motorcycle space)