After months of online images and speculations on the tech specs and launch dates, Yamaha has finally launched the Fazer Fi v2.0. The new Fazer carries the same engine as the FZ-S v2.0 - a single cylinder SOHC air cooled fuel injected engine with a displacement of 149cc. The engine churns out 12.9 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and roughly 12.8 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The bike also incorporates the company’s latest ‘Blue Core’ technology, which is claimed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by a substantial margin over its predecessor.
The semi-fairing’s design has been altered to give it more of a racy and edgy look compared to the earlier Fazer. New features include a split seat, and a multi-functional LCD display, that includes an eco-indicator which lights up when the bike is ridden sedately.
The Yamaha Fazer was introduced as an alternative option to FZ16, targeted at those inclined at motorcycle touring. The presence of an aerodynamic semi-fairing and a wide handlebar helped facilitate that to an extent, although the 153cc engine wasn’t adequately torquey for relaxed cruising at highway speeds. The new Fazer’s 149cc motor sees a significant plummet in power and torque figures, but the low curb weight and the fuel injection should mark a significant improvement in throttle response and overall performance of the bike. How it will lend itself to touring though remains to be seen.
The Fazer FI v2.0 has been priced at Rs. 83,850 (ex-showroom Delhi), and will be available in the following colours – Red Dawn, Black Hawk, and White Cloud.