You read it first on MotorBeam. All those eagerly waiting for the launch of the new Yamaha FZ facelift set to launch this year are surely in for a treat. Our sources reveal that the updated FZ facelift will get fuel injection technology that is likely to come coupled with a more powerful motor. Unlike earlier reports which suggested that the FZ will get a 170cc carbureted mill, the upcoming model will be an FI version that will offer improved performance and fuel efficiency over its predecessor.
We also have confirmed report that Yamaha has commenced the service training for the FZ facelift, while the diagnostic tool has already reached Yamaha’s service centres, leaving the launch only few weeks away. Showcased as the FZ concept at the 2014 Auto Expo, the FZ facelift generated positive reviews at the event and the production spec model will get a host of exterior upgrades shown on the concept.
Compared to the current model, the muscular and bulky design has been narrowed down to a more leaner and agile look. The bike gets an all digital console (like the Honda CB Trigger), while the rear tyre has been reduced to 120 mm in width. The FZ facelift also features faux air intake scoops below the tank and gets split seats, new tail light cluster with integrated number plate holder and a longer exhaust.
The engine likely to power the Yamaha FZ facelift is expected to be the same 153cc unit with a minor power bump, mated to a 5-speed transmission. The new FI technology though will add to the cost of the motorcycle but will also offer improved ride-ability over the current model. We also expect the FZ facelift to be lighter than the current version and could have an overwhelming power to weight ratio.
The inclusion of FI technology will surely make the 2014 Yamaha FZ facelift an attractive performance friendly motorcycle under the Rs. 1 lakh mark that will be competing against the TVS Apache RTR 180, Honda CB Trigger and the upcoming Suzuki Gixxer 155 in the segment.