The New Yamaha FZ-S Version 2.0 – What Has Changed - Overdrive
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The new Yamaha FZ-S version 2.0 - what has changed

02 Jul 2014 / 7

When Yamaha introduced the FZ-16 in 2008, it was an instant hit. They offered the average commuter with bigger bike looks in a reasonably affordable package. Unfortunately, since then, the brand only received minor updates that included the addition of a larger windscreen, larger half fairing and lots of decals to keep everything fresh. The new FZ and FZ-S version 2.0 changes all of that with a complete update to the model with changes to the engine, cosmetics and a new lighter frame. So let’s look at what exactly has changed from the older version.

Looks

2014 Yamaha FZ (3)

2014 Yamaha FZ version 2.0

Yamaha-FZ-S--Hawk-Eye-Gold

2013 Yamaha FZ

The first changes you notice are the new curves of the meaty fuel tank and the split seats. You then notice the new exhaust end cap, tyre hugger and larger air scoops under the tank. The instrument cluster is also redesigned and now features an economy indicator. Credit needs to be given to Yamaha for changing almost every piece of plastic on the motorcycle but still managing to maintain that butch aggressive look that earned it so many fans to start with. It comes off looking refreshed and sharper than the outgoing model.

Mechanicals

Here’s where the changes, on paper, are confusing. Yamaha have added fuel injection to the motor which should improve the efficiency to a certain extent – definitely a step in the right direction. The confusing part, though, is that the reworked ‘Blue Core’ engine has reduced in size from 153cc to 149cc. Also part of the ‘Blue Core’ ethos is an improved combustion chamber and air intake, optimised crank inertia, lighter moving parts, advanced electric charging system, roller rocker arm and a closed loop FI system. But a mere three cubic inches shouldn’t make much of a difference so why do it? Well one reason is certainly efficiency and Yamaha are claiming a massive improvement of 14 per cent in fuel efficiency over the outgoing model.

Yamaha FZ FI  (2)

The other thing that new FZ owners will have to stomach is the new power output of 13.1PS down from 14PS on the older model. Torque also takes a hit dropping from 13.6Nm to 12.8Nm. Yamaha has also redesigned the frame and this along with the 1.5kg off from the engine has helped reduce overall weight by three kilos. And further helping efficiency is the rear sprocket that has one tooth less than the old motorcycle.

Yamaha claims to have also addressed another one of the complaints that customers had with the FZ- puncture-prone tyres. The new compound tyres while offering ample grip, also lay claims to being better puncture resistant.

You can read our first ride impressions here. Look out for a full blown test where we put some numbers to the efficiency claims. We’ll also see how much of a change there is in sprint timings.

The new Yamaha FZ-S version 2.0 - what has changed

SpecificationsYamaha FZYamaha FZ
Version 2.0
EngineAir cooled,153cc SOHC, 4-stroke, 2-valve, carburetorAir cooled, 149cc SOHC, 4-stroke, 2-valve, fuel injection
Power14PS@7,500rpm13.1PS@8,000rpm
Torque13.6Nm@6,000rpm12.8Nm@6,000rpm
Gearbox5-Speed5-Speed
0-60kmph5.2s-
Top speed106.7kmph-
Fuel efficiency48.1kmpl-
Suspension
FrontTelescopicTelescopic
RearMonoshockMonoshock
Brakes
Front267mm disc267mm disc
Rear130mm drum130mm drum
Kerb weight135kg132kg
LxWxH in mm2075x770x10451990x770x1030
Fuel tank12l12l
Ex-Showroom DelhiRs 69,250Rs 76,250


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