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2014 Yamaha FZ and FZ-S Version 2.0 First Review

By Nitesh Sharma   |   30 June,2014

Yamaha has launched the upgraded versions of FZ siblings which has always been their best selling bikes in the 150cc segment. Unlike before, these are not graphic changes only.

FZ and FZ-S now looks much aerodynamic and aggressive than before thanks to the addition of new headlight and sharp air intakes around its heavy fuel tank. The new headlights seems inspired from the bigger FZ-1 and adds dynamic character to these bikes. FZ-S particularly with that sporty front visor looks quite funky when seen from the front. On the side, the chunky muffler has now been replaced by an angular muffler which enhances the aerodynamic of these bikes along with the new side panels and rear cowl. Yamaha has also worked on the fuel tank of these bikes and now with extended cuts and graphics, it looks much appealing.

FZ and FZ-S also gets new digital display which further makes it feel fresh when you get on the rider seat. The front mudguard, disc plate and beefy telescopic forks remains the same while it gets revised tail lights and new rear cowl with sharp lines. The small seat has now been replaced by a much sportier split seat and it looks quite attracting with the newly added split rear grab rails. The new rear mudguard looks similar to what was first seen in the Pulsar 135.The driving dynamics of these bikes will surely improve thanks to these new added features and reduced weight. The bikes now weigh around 132kgs which is 2kgs less than before.

FZ and FZ-S also gets the rear mono-shock, new compound tyres with an acclaimed flat rear radial tyre and box type and box section swingarm at the back. Technically also FZ and FZ-S V2.0 are different than their previous generation. Yamaha has downsized the engine capacity of these bikes to 149cc from 153cc and now they produce a power output of 12.9bhp and 8000 rpm which is full 1 bhp less than before. The reduced power output is due to the addition of Fuel Injection technology which will work towards efficiency and is termed as Blue Core technology by Yamaha however the torque figure of 13Nm @ 6000rpm remains same as before.

This 4-stroke, single cylinder engine comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission with one gear down and four gears up-shift pattern. Yamaha only offers front disc brake in these bikes with only self start option. The new and updated FZ and FZ-S V2.0 now retails at INR 76,250 and INR 78,250 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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