India Yamaha Motor has reinforced its market presence in the 150cc urban commuter space with the new FZ V 3.O, which will go head to head with the Bajaj Pulsar 150. The 2019 FZ motorcycles now feature single-channel ABS as standard and get a significant update to the bodywork. Here is how the variants have been priced: FZ-FI V3.0 ABS (Rs 95,000) and FZS-FI V3.0 ABS (Rs 97,000).
Pricing for the V2.0, non-ABS equipped range is: FZ FI (Rs 82,040), FZS FI (Rs 84,042-85,012), FZS FI rear disc (Rs 87,042-88,042). All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi. The V3.0 models cost around Rs 13,000 more than the V2.0s.
The bike's update retains the sharp, muscular profile of the FZ, albeit with wider bodywork on the fuel tank. The front end of the tank sports an air-vent-like grille structure, which is only an aesthetic addition, rather than a functional one. The motorcycle also ditches its split seat layout for a single unit. Other additions include a new belly-pan. Yamaha has also changed the rear of the motorcycle with redesigned bodywork and a new tail-light. A new LCD instrument cluster and LED headlight are also part of the update.
The mechanical bits, however, remain unchanged. It continues with the same 149cc, air-cooled, two-valve, single-cylinder motor that makes 13.2hp and 12.8Nm of torque, which comes paired to a five-speed gearbox.
In terms of competition, the FZ takes on the likes of the Honda CB Hornet 160R (Rs 86,182-94,182), TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Rs 83,145-92,154), Suzuki Gixxer (Rs 81,550-87,871) and Bajaj Pulsar NS160 (Rs 85,690).