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 letâ€™s look at what exactly has changed from the older version.
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.
Hereâ€™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 â€“ definitely a step in the right direction. The confusing part, though, is that the reworked â€˜Blue Coreâ€™ engine has reduced in size from 153cc to 149cc. Also part of the â€˜Blue Coreâ€™ ethos is anÂ 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 aÂ 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.
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 forÂ 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
|Specifications||Yamaha FZ||Yamaha FZ
|Engine||Air cooled,153cc SOHC, 4-stroke, 2-valve, carburetor||Air cooled, 149cc SOHC, 4-stroke, 2-valve, fuel injection|
|Front||267mm disc||267mm disc|
|Rear||130mm drum||130mm drum|
|LxWxH in mm||2075x770x1045||1990x770x1030|
|Ex-Showroom Delhi||Rs 69,250||Rs 76,250|