Yamaha India launching a new male oriented scooter for India had a numerous speculations for a while now. While most of BharathAutos readers speculated and questioned us if the company was launching BWS 125 scooter or Mio 125cc Xenon scooter, but we remained mum at the moment as nothing was official. Today Yamaha has surprised the enthusiasts with something else.
The company has launched a sporty version of its first scooter Ray specially targeted for male fans, who prefer a scooter over a bike. This new version of Yamaha Ray has been tweaked in a typical “Yamaha Style” and is christened as Yamaha Ray Z. With the launch of Ray Z, looks like a perfect opportunity wasted by Yamaha, and it’s a very disappointing moment for all Yamaha fans.
The Ray looks very simple when it comes to styling and does not appeal as much to the youth as at appeals to the mature riders. The Ray Z in all probability will be to the Ray what the FZ-16 is to the FZ-S.
We anticipate, it’s not the new scooter Yamaha is about to launch in the coming days and hopefully something new and exciting comes from the Yamaha stable along with this Ray Z style edition. What Yamaha really needs is to bring out an all-new scooter with muscular appeal to take on its modern and increasingly focused competition.
Compared to the Ray which is targeted at women, the Ray Z gets a few sporty add-ons what Yamaha calls as “Aggressive Sporty Design”. The Ray Z gets a new sticker and multi color job. The colors seen in the pictures are full-black, white-black and red-black with chequered flag, racing strips are being used to give it a sporty and racy appeal. The scooter comes with smoked finish visor and a black matte cladding on the front apron.
Furthermore, other new features include the aluminium rear grab rail, instrument panel with a carbon fibre patterned background and a carbon fibre patterned seat cover. The blunt steel wheels and the telescopic suspension have also been painted in black. As seen, Yamaha has left no stone un-turned to give the Yamaha Ray the sporty touch it deserved from the day one.
Mechanically, the scooter remains unchanged and continues to be powered by a air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (Continuous variable transmission) that delivers smooth start-up acceleration and good pickup along with great fuel economy. It delivers a peak power of 7.1 PS and 8.1 Nm of Torque. The scooter comes with electric and kick start as standard.
The Yamaha Ray Z is priced at Rs. 48,555 (ex-showroom Delhi) and is available dealerships across the country from today.
Check out more pictures below the jump.