India Yamaha Motor launched its naked quarter-litre motorcycle, the FZ25 at a price of Rs 1.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. With this new offering,the company has entered the naked 250 cc motorcycle segment and is targeting the young urban riders. The motorcycle is being manufactured locally which entails a lower price tag. The FZ25 design is based on FZ series and it has a diamond-type tubular frame
Engine: The FZ25 is powered by a 249 cc, single-cylinder fuel-injected engine. For better fuel efficiency, this unit is equipped with Yamaha's Blue Core technology that enables less fuel consumption under normal riding conditions. The engine produces 20 hp of power and 20 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. This powertrain is compliant with BSIV emission norms.
Features: The motorcycle gets an LCD instrument cluster, which has a digital speedometer, digital tachometer, digital fuel gauge, clock, odometer & tripmeter. The FZ25 is offered with MRF Zapper tyres and shares some of its parts with MT series motorcycles like alloy wheel design and racing style foot pegs. The motorcycle gets a LED headlamp setup with AHO ( Automatic Headlamps On) functionality and LED taillamp.
Dimensions: The motorcycle measures 2,015 mm in length, 770 mm in width, 1,075 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,360 mm. The seat height is 795 mm which suggests that short riders can also sit on the motorcycle easily. The motorcycle has fuel tank capacity of 14 litres and considering the rated fuel efficiency of 43 kmpl, the motorcycle should cover 600 kms before it needs to be refuelled. The braking duties are handled by a dual disc brakes, a 280 mm unit at front and a 220 mm unit at rear, however, there is no option of an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) on offer right now. By 2018, all two-wheelers above 125 cc would get ABS while vehicles below them would get CBS on Combined Braking System which means that the FZ25's future iteration would have ABS as standard.
Competition: The Yamaha FZ25 will compete with the likes of Honda CBR 250 and newly launched KTM 250 Duke. The FZ 250 is priced at Rs 1.19 lakh, while KTM 250 Duke sells at an price of Rs 1.73 lakh. The CBR250R is available at a price of Rs 1.60 lakh. While the FZ25 is the most reasonable in this segment, however, it misses out on ABS which is a critical safety feature and should be present on all two-wheelers.
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