Yamaha Motors India has just launched the latest version of their popular naked bike in India. Dubbed as the FZ V3, the company has priced the FZ V3 FI ABS at Rs. 95,000 (ex-showroom) while the FZ-S V3 FI ABS has been priced at Rs. 97,000 (ex-showroom). The bike had been caught testing a lot of times before its official launch in Bengaluru today. A host of styling changes have been made on the bike and it looks much beefier than before. Most of the major design changes made on the bike are inspired bike by the bigger FZ25, which itself is quite a stylish bike.
The Yamaha FZ V3 comes with a new LED headlamp unit, which are taken from its bigger sibling. The headlamp housings covers are divided into two parts, one for the high beam and the other for low beam. Also present are a new set of turn indicators as well as revised front fenders. The saddle is a single piece units that extends towards the tail of the bike. The exhaust muffler and short tail section are again inspired by the FZ25. Also, the bike now sports a digital instrument cluster which will display an array of information along with the regular stuff.
The bike now gets fake air vents on the front side of the bike, which though are not functional but increase the aesthetic appeal nonetheless. The bike also gets a new engine cover along with a new set of alloy wheels that further hint towards this being a newer generation bike. which is also a new addition made to the upcoming motorcycle. The tank is also much more muscular than before and the overall stance of the bike is quite aggressive now. The FZ is known for its butch styling and was the most stylish bike in market when it was first launched in India. The latest update on the bike has been made on the same lines and the bike retains the old design philosophy of being bold and powerful.
However, Yamaha has decided not to make any changes in the engine and power output of the bike. The Yamaha FZ V3 is still powered by a 149 cc, fuel-injected motor that churns out 13 Bhp of power along with 12.8 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission and comes with disc brakes at both the front and the rear. The new bike has also been equipped with a single channel ABS system in lieu with the recent government safety regulations.
There are a total of three colour options available on the FZ-S (Black-grey, Blue-grey and Cyan-grey) while the FZ gets two colour options ( solid black and solid blue). The update to the FZ will definitely help Yamaha to boost the sales of the bike. In its segment, the FZ rivals the likes of the Hero Xtreme and the Suzuki Gixxer among others in its segment. It now remains to be seen how the rivals would react to this update by Yamaha.
The company also launched ABS versions of the of the FZ25, the Fazer 25 and the R15. The FZ25 ABS has been placed at Rs. 1.33 lakhs while the Fazer 25 is placed at Rs. 1.43 lakhs. Also, the R15 ABS version has been officialy launched today, though it was revealed earlier. The ABS system employed on all the bikes except for the FZ V3 is a dual channel system.