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The 2019 Yamaha FZ and FZ-S V3.0 models were launched in India at Rs 95,000 and Rs 97,000 ex-showroom (Delhi), respectively. The main highlight of the new Yamaha FZ models is the inclusion of a single-channel ABS. Now, a more powerful version of the Yamaha FZ V3 is in the works.
CarAndBike shares that the new FZ model will draw power from an all-new BS-VI-compliant engine. In the current format, the sporty commuter motorcycles come with a 149cc air-cooled fuel-injected single-cylinder engine which makes 13bhp and 12.8Nm of torque. This is paired to a five-speed transmission.
As of now, not much is known about the new Yamaha FZ model, but it is expected to be launched sometime by the end of 2019 (BS-VI norms become mandatory from April 2020). Almost all major four-wheeler and two-wheeler brands in India are busy making a shift from the current BS-IV engines to the more environment-friendly BS-VI units. Yamaha Motor India, being a leader in India's two-wheeler market, has also invested a lot in this regard.
Apart from the increase in power output, the upcoming Yamaha FZ model might not feature any visual changes. The current V3 models brought some cosmetic updates in the form of a full-LED headlamp, revamped body panels and a new exhaust design. Furthermore, compared to the Yamaha FZ V2.0, the V3.0 models get a single-bench setup.
If the Japanese motorcycle brand launches the BS-VI-compliant Yamaha FZ models by the end of this year itself, it will most probably be on sale along with the BS-IV models. The company will eventually sell out the existing BS-IV models for a slightly lower price tag.
The 2019 Yamaha FZ V3.0 models have already become a success in the 150cc motorcycle segment and the company has recorded enough number of bookings. The Yamaha FZ and FZ-S mainly rival the Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Suzuki Gixxer, Honda CB Hornet 160R and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (arguably the best choice in the segment).
Thoughts On The New Yamaha FZ Model
The Yamaha FZ was first introduced on the Indian market back in 2008 (as the FZ16). The original model was really sporty, but six years later, Yamaha toned it down a bit in the race for better fuel efficiency. We hope that the upcoming BS-VI-compliant Yamaha FZ model will bring back its long-lost charm.