Yamaha launched the latest iteration of its popular FZ naked bike series. 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). Both the variants get a host of styling updates along with some technical changes. Engine output though remains the same.
Below is a video by YouTuber Ayush Verma which shows the bike in real time. Let’s take a look at this walkaround video before proceeding further.
On the styling front, the bike borrows heavily from its bigger sibling, the FZ25. The Yamaha FZ V3 comes with a new LED headlamp unit, which are taken from its bigger sibling. Other changes include split headlamp casing, fake side vents which as muscle to the bike, new engine cover along with a new set of alloy wheels. The tank on the new bike too is much more muscular than before and the overall stance of the bike is very aggressive. The bike also gets revised turn indicators and revised front fenders. The seat is now a single piece unit that extends towards the tail of the bike. The exhaust muffler and short tail section are again inspired by the FZ25.
However, Yamaha has decided to go only for a single channel ABS system on the bike. The new government safety mandate requires all bikes above or at 125 cc displacement to be equipped with ABS. Yamaha has fitted dual channel ABS systems on its other bikes like the R15 V3, FZ25 and the Fazer 25. Why the company choose to stick with a single channel unit for the FZ V3 could be attributed to cost cutting measures in order to keep the bike competitive in the highly price sensitive market.
The engine and other mechanical bits haven’t been changed much and the bike still produces the same amount of power. To be precise, the Yamaha FZ V3 is 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 order to comply with the upcoming government safety norms.
Yamaha offers the FZ Fi Version 3.0 in two different colour schemes – Metric Black and Racing Blue. On the other hand, the company is offering the FZ-S V3 variant in three colour options, viz. Matt Black, Dark Matt Blue and Gray & Cyan Blue. In its segment, the Yamaha FZ V3 rivals the likes of the Hero Xtreme, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 and the Suzuki Gixxer among others. The new FZ packs a solid punch and now it remains to be seen how the bike would do in the market.