Yamaha has launched the Yamaha FZ v3.0 and Yamaha FZ-S v 3.0 in Vietnam at VND 31 million (INR 94,740) and VND 31.6 million (INR 96,573). Interestingly, the FZ v3.0 and FZ-S v3.0 are priced in India at INR 96,680 and 98,680 respectively (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi), and thus, more expensive.
The Yamaha FZ and the Yamaha FZ-S share a few cosmetic changes including a chrome attachment on the pseudo air intakes on the fuel tank extensions. Besides that, the FZ-S also gets different shades of paint and wheel rim stickers. Both the Yamaha FZ v3.0 and Yamaha FZ-S v3.0 get an LED headlamp, reverse backlit instrumentation, disc brakes at both ends and a single-channel ABS.
Powering the Yamaha FZ v3.0 is a 149 cc air-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 2-valve engine. Coupled to a 5-speed gearbox, the engine produces 13.2 PS of power and 12.8 Nm of torque. These numbers do not impress a lot on paper but are ideal for everyday city commuting. However, the moment you take it to a highway or even in the hills, the bike feels out of steam. Besides that, the lightweight 137 kg kerb weight is a delight to flick around in traffic.
Thee Yamaha FZ was first introduced in Vietnam as a private import back in 2009. The second iteration of the motorcycle (which saw the entry of fuel injection) was officially launched in 2014 and called Yamaha FZ 150i. The bike was later discontinued post the launch of Yamaha MT-15.
In India, the Yamaha FZ-S FI is being offered with savings up to INR 8,280. Besides that, the street naked motorcycle is offered with a low down payment of INR 4,999 and at 6.9% interest rate.
Yamaha is also planning to launch its BS-VI compliant motorcycles in India from next month. Besides that, its BS-VI scooters will start reaching the showrooms in January 2020. Expect the BS-VI models to be 10-15% costlier.