The India is the largest two wheeler market in the world with nearly 16 million units sold in 2014. Scooters form about 27% of this market, and it is steadily growing every year. Motorcycle manufacturers are capitalising on this ever-evolving market with frequent new launches and updates as this allows them to stay competitive in the segment. Yamaha have taken a step in the right direction by launching in India an all-new 113cc scooter - the Fascino. This is the company’s fourth scooter for the Indian market.
The Fascino will be available in 5 different colours - Red, White, Black, and 2 shades of Blue. We think it is one of the most radical looking scooters in its segment. It gets a chrome-finished front grill and neo retro-themed headlamps and rear view mirrors. The side gets a 3D Fascino badge and the rear is a stylish mix of chrome and glass. The scooter is practical as well. It can store about 21 litres of items in its under-seat storage compartment. A Yamaha spokesperson quoted that the idea behind the Fascino was to make it appealing to the modern crowd.
The Fascino will make use of Yamaha’s Blue Core technology, which has been successful in improving the efficiency of its recently launched motorcycles. The scooter will be powered by the same 113cc single-cylinder engine that powers the Ray twins and the Alpha. This unit develops about 7 bhp @ 7500 rpm and has a torque output of 8.1 Nm @ 5000 rpm. Like almost all scooters, the Fascino will make use of a Continuously Variable Transmission. The scooter aims to provide good ride comfort over bumpy roads by means of a telescopic front suspension and a mono-shock rear suspension.
Yamaha has priced the Fascino at Rs 52,500 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Stay tuned for our full-fledged review to find out how good the Fascino is.