Yamaha Fazer 250 (Fazer 25) spied – No R15 V3 for India?
The Yamaha Fazer 250 has been spied testing in India. It is based on the recently launched FZ25 and will share most the latter’s parts.
What does this mean for the R15 V3?
In an interview with Powerdrift, Mr Roy Kurian, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Yamaha India said:
“We launch over 150 motorcycles every year around the globe. This does not mean that we have to bring all the motorcycles to India. We will follow a country-specific strategy and in India we already have the R15 and R15 S on sale in India (which has been updated to BS4 norms). We do not know if there is a requirement for R15 V3 in India.”
This comes as nails in the coffin for many people waiting for the R15 V3 in India. When he mentioned ‘a country-specific strategy’ it must have meant the Fazer 250. We can also rule out earlier rumours of the V3 reaching dealerships as the both V2 and S have been updated to BS-IV.
With launch of the more powerful Fazer 250 there will not be space for the R15 V3 in India. The FZ 25 already occupies the R15’s price segment and the Fazer will be slotted at Rs. 10-15,000 over this range.
This doesn’t mean that Yamaha will completely kill of a successful product like the R15 but an update, if any, cannot be expected in the near future. Till then, the current models will continue.
What will Yamaha name their new bike?
Confirmed: The bike will be called Fazer 250
Nomenclature will be tricky as the ‘Fazer’ brand is associated with semi-faired tourers. The spotted motorcycle shares mechanicals and seating position with the FZ 25 and can thus be called a tourer. However, the bike is seen with full fairing, possibly to address India’s obsession with fully faired motorcycles.
Calling the bike Fazer 250 would be the simplest way to go but Yamaha could adopt a new name altogether.
Yamaha Fazer 250 (Fazer 25) design
We’ve got better images of the Yamaha Fazer 250 and it’s not all smiles here. The Fazer 250, atleast from the spy pictures we have, doesn’t look even half as exciting as the Yamaha R15 V2. We are forced to ask if this is the best Yamaha could do in the front fascia. The Fazer 150, though not a beautiful bike, atleast had twin headlamp set-up to justify the Fazer monicker.
The earlier spy shot had us on the tip of our feet but the new ones have failed build this up. The Fazer 250 looks good from certain angles though, and perhaps the bike will change our minds when we finally get to ride it.
Yamaha Fazer 250 (Fazer 25) price and launch date
The Yamaha FZ25 is priced at Rs. 119,500 in India and the Fazer 250 will definitely command a premium. But the manufacturer is likely to price it very competitively and it should be a great ‘Value for Money’ offering on launch.
The spied motorcycle seems to be in final stages of testing so its launch might not be too far off.
|Price in India||Rs. 1.32 lakhs|
|Launch date||By October 2017|
Yamaha Fazer 250 (Fazer 25) engine, specification
The Fazer 250 will come powered by a 249cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve, fuel injected engine producing 20.9 PS of power @ 8,000 rpm and 20 Nm @ 6000 rpm. The engine is mated to only a 5-speed transmission.
Braking duties will be done by 282 mm and 220 mm disc brakes at front and rear respectively. Front telescopic suspension and rear monoshock is provided.
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