Yamaha is a brand that is renowned for its range of performance motorcycles. But when it comes to the Indian market, the portfolio is rather dull. The Yamaha R15 is the most powerful bike that is manufactured by the Japanese two-wheeler giant in India. With demand for high displacement increasing, Yamaha has responded and will ride in the new FZ250.
The new FZ250 will be launched on January 24 and will hold the distinction of being the largest displacement bike to be built in India. Yamaha has been tight-lipped about details of the upcoming 250cc bike but we expect it to be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh ex-showroom. The Yamaha FZ250 has a muscular and sporty styling that will appeal to a larger audience base. The design highlight of the motorcycle has to be the fully-LED headlight, making the FZ250 the second locally built bike to offer it after the Bajaj Dominar 400. The stubby exhaust muffler is also similar to the one found on the Yamaha FZ Version 2.0, but is beefier. It will be feature an all-digital instrument cluster as seen on new FZ version 2.0.
The underpinnings of the new Yamaha FZ250 will be shared with the Fazer 250 that is currently sold in the Brazilian market. The motor is also likely to be the same 249cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected mill delivering 20.7PS of max power and 20.4Nm of peak torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties will be handled by telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. ABS has been given a miss to keep cost low. The Yamaha FZ250 will compete against the Mahindra Mojo, Bajaj Dominar 400 and the KTM 200 Duke.