Yamaha has officially launched the 2014 edition of Fazer in the form of the Fazer FI Version 2.0. The updated motorcycle will now retail at Rs. 83,850 (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is roughly Rs 5,000 more than the current model. Yamaha has decided to continue selling the previous generation carburetted Fazer on sale, along with the new fuel-injected version. The upgraded bike, which is a faired version of the popular FZ series, promises a lot of improvement on the aspects of both design as well as mechanicals, and will continue to carry on the positives of its predecessor as a capable touring machine.
The Fazer FI Version 2.0 will be powered by the reworked 149cc engine which made its premier in the recently upgraded FZ FI and FZ-S FI, and now pumps out a lesser output of 13.1 bhp of power and 12.8 Nm of torque. Though Yamaha claims that introduction of ‘Blue Core’ technology, along with the fuel injection system, makes up for the loss in power and torque as compared to the previous Fazer, with enhanced throttle response and power delivery. The power developed by the engine will continue to be supplied to the rear wheel through the same 5-speed gearbox as before.
On the looks and equipment front, the Fazer FI Version 2.0 is a comprehensive evolution over the previous Fazer, with a redesigned fuel tank, side and rear body panels, reworked fairing and introduction of new components such as fully digital instrument console, tail lamp, split pillion grab rails, pilot bulb on front fairing and rear tyre hugger. The suspension and brake units have been carried over from the carburetted variant, the tyres have been upgraded with softer compound and better tread design, retaining the same size as earlier.
About this new substantial upgrade of Fazer, Roy Kurian, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor Sales India Pvt Ltd, said, “We realize the ever changing requirements and preferences for our Indian motorcycle users. A new segment of young people in cities not only use motorcycle for commuting but also as a lifestyle statement.
When it comes to the deluxe segment especially, a motorcycle is chosen to reflect attitude, personality and style. Also, touring as a youth culture is evolving in India.
With the development of modern highways and increasing popularity of motorcycle tourism, the interest in motorcycles suited for touring is certainly expected to increase.
Acknowledging these dynamics, we have introduced our new offering Fazer FI Version 2.0 particularly keeping the spirit of touring in mind, combining both fun & economy for the customers to ride free in the open blue sky. Our FZ FI and FZ-S FI version 2.0 introduced in June’14, have been getting tremendous response and we are confident even the Fazer FI with our latest technology, ‘Blue Core’, will be heartily welcomed.”
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