Yamaha's new quarter-litre streetfighter has been spotted testing once again. Rumoured to be christened FZ 250, this motorcycle will be based on the Brazil-spec Yamaha Fazer 250.
There are a few major styling differences between the Fazer 250 and the FZ 250. It gets a different set of wheels, sharper fuel tank and headlamp, revised tail section with a step seat and a stubby exhaust canister. Under the skin though, the underpinnings and the powertrain are similar. It is built around the same double cradle frame with a 249cc single-cylinder oil-cooled mill at its heart. This engine delivers 20.7bhp and 20.5Nm of torque in the Brazil-spec model, though Yamaha might tune it for the Indian market to make it more competitive against its rivals.
Rumours suggest that Yamaha is going to launch the FZ 250 in January, though the company has refused to comment on this. We can expect the Yamaha FZ 250 to be priced between Rs 1.4 lakh to Rs 1.6 lakh. It will compete with the KTM 200 Duke, Mahindra Mojo and the Bajaj Dominar 400.