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New Yamaha FZ15 unveiled; prone to come to India as FZ V4 | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

This new FZ15 sports activities a gear place indicator in addition to a redesigned full LED headlamp and tail lamp.

Yamaha has launched the 2023 FZ15 in Brazil, and this up to date motorbike is prone to make its technique to India because the FZ V4. This new model of the long-standing FZ line-up will get a brand new take a look at the entrance courtesy of a redesigned LED headlight. Different modifications embrace a revised tail-lamp and a tweaked LCD instrument cluster that now sports activities a gear place indicator. Beneath these beauty modifications, there are a couple of key variations to the mechanicals as nicely. 

New Yamaha FZ V4: powertrain and underpinnings

The 149cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine has taken successful by way of efficiency on this new iteration. Peak energy stays the identical, at 12.4hp, however is made barely greater up within the rev vary, at 7,500rpm, versus 7,250rpm on the prevailing mannequin. Torque, nevertheless, has gone down by 0.9Nm, to 12.four Nm, and that too is made greater up within the rev band, at 6,000rpm, as a substitute of 5,500rpm on the prevailing FZ-FI. It bears mentioning right here that the Brazilian model is tuned to run on ethanol as nicely (fairly a widespread apply in Brazil) so it isn’t clear whether or not this bike may have the identical output figures if and when it makes its manner right here.

The wheelbase and seat peak, at 1,330mm and 790mm, respectively, keep unchanged. Whereas kerb weight does keep the identical, at 135kg, the gas tank has shrunk in capability to 11.9 litres, down 1.1 litre from the present one. Floor clearance has gone up by 5mm to deliver the whole as much as 170mm. The spring on the preload-adjustable monoshock is completed in yellow, versus the black on the present mannequin. The remainder of the {hardware} such because the entrance fork, braking componentry and the single-channel ABS unit, all look like carried over from the prevailing mannequin with none modifications.

New Yamaha FZ V4: options and design

The backlit cluster now reveals gear place as nicely.

The FZ V4 will get a brand new instrument cluster that continues with the unfavourable backlit LCD design however now reveals a gear-position indicator for the primary time in its 14-year-long mannequin run. The redesigned all-LED headlight now extra intently resembles its elder sibling, the FZ 25. The tail-lamp can be a model new all-LED unit with a very totally different design than the prevailing mannequin. 

The seat, physique panels and the exhaust muffler all look like near-identical to the present mannequin and we count on them to remain that manner when it does make its manner right here within the coming months. Internationally, it’s provided in three colors – black, pink and the standard Yamaha blue – however we’ll have to attend for the launch to know which choices are provided right here. 

New Yamaha FZ V4: value and rivals

At present, the FZ-FI is priced at Rs 1.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is cheaper by Rs 8,000 than the extra upmarket FZ S-FI. With all of the modifications that this new mannequin brings to the desk, count on Yamaha to hike the value to replicate them. In this hotly-contested class, the FZ-FI goes up towards rivals just like the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Hero Xtreme 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and the newly-launched Bajaj Pulsar N160.

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