New FZ spied again - launch imminent
Snapshot: Yamaha's FZ series will soon get an upgrade, what with the new model doing the testing rounds more frequently now. We don't know if it's just us or the new bike's styling actually has hints of the Honda Dazzler in it? We'll reserve the judgement anyway until we the see the production bike in plastic, er...metal
Yamaha's new FZ's spy pics are all over the net now and it seems that the updated street-fighter will soon be launched by the Japanese motorcycle major. Yamaha had launched the FZ-16 and R15 motorbikes in 2008 and had taken the Indian two-wheeler market by storm. The original FZ was the best-looking naked motorcycle on sale and was later joined by the FZ-S and Fazer variants. However, these were just add-ons and not a comprehensive upgrade of the first model - which Yamaha gave to the R15 though, in the form of the R15 Version 2.0.
The spy shots of the new FZ clearly draw a parallel to the electric blue/black Concept FZ-S displayed by Yamaha at the Auto Expo earlier this year. Compared to the current FZ series, the new bike sports split seats, new meter console, new exhaust, new air-scoops below the fuel tank, new tyre hugger, new taillamp and rear registration plate holder, and new grab rails. The test mules don't have the decals yet, and we seriously hope the production bike to carry a minimalist approach in this area.
The FZ series, at present, is powered by a 153 cc engine that produces 13.8 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 13.6 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. We really expect Yamaha to better these numbers a bit as merely the revised styling won't prove to be sufficient to push sales of this once-hot-selling naked. Moreover, while the original FZ came as a breath of fresh air in the then staid 150 cc segment, the new FZ will be facing the toughest challenge from the soon-to-be-launched Suzuki Gixxer 150. Plus, the Honda CB Trigger, which is our pick from the current crop of 150 cc bikes, has already affected the sales of the current FZ series.
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