Yamaha introduced the FZ to the Indian market towards the end of 2008. The FZ vowed one and all with its styling, on par with international standards, and a long equipment list. This led to long queues around Yamaha showrooms, with people willing to pay a premium for the motorcycle back then.
Fast forward to late 2018, and the FZ has kind of fallen under the radar of buyers. This is due to the emergence of newer and better rivals and changing needs of the Indian consumer. Yamaha are keen to regain some lost ground and the next generation FZ FI is around the corner.
It is slated to be launched sometime during the next year and a half. The next-generation FZ FI, or the FZ version 3.0, was recently spotted undergoing testing once again in a short span of time. We can see the motorcycle carrying an aggressive design theme, with a muscular fuel tank, attractive panels and a new LED headlamp.
Other changes include a new exhaust pipe, alloy wheels and improved ergonomics. The FZ FI version 3.0 will also arrive with ABS and disc brakes at the front and rear, further improving its safety. Yamaha will also be giving a new engine to the next generation FZ, which will be under the 150-160 cc range.
We can expect a bump in performance numbers, with the current model delivering 13.1 BHP of power and 12.8 Nm of torque. This engine will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox. On design, the motorcycle is expected to carry the same theme as the MT-125 sold in Europe.
We can expect the FZ FI version 3.0 to be priced at around Rs. 85,000, which seems more likely to happen. When launched, the FZ FI version 3.0 will rival the Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Honda X Blade and the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. More details regarding the FZ FI version 3.0 will arrive soon.
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