Yamaha has been silent, but not the rumors surrounding its product. Rumors suggest that Yamaha could be making a big bad entry this year after an almost silent MY2022. With strong sales of current products from the student category thanks to refined and low-powered engines. Yamaha has to impress the original enthusiast that it impressed in the year 2008 when it launched the original FZ. FZ25 came and quite literally didn’t cut the cake with its commuter chassis and low horsepower-equipped engine. FZ-16 was even more of a disappointment with its power output now being equivalent to a sporty 125cc from its rivals.
Yamaha could bore up the FZ 25 to FZ 300 to match with the Gixxer 250 and Honda CB300F along with the segment champion, the Bajaj Pulsar 250 twins. Yamaha also is working on a 160 or 180cc engine which they almost confirmed some time back, indirectly of course. This is by saying that “we will offer more to consumers as soon as we can” when asked about lower output on the FZ16 when the BS6 emission norms hit.
A 160 or 180cc could again target the crop of 160cc bikes from TVS, Hero, Bajaj and Honda. The 180cc will also target the RTR 180 and Hornet 2.0. 16 PS for the 160/180cc and 25/26 PS for the 300cc would be perfect. Yamaha has everything to do this, they do it globally all the time. It is time finally that India could get it this year. Yamaha has put it self in pressure to churn out good products this year or else there will be sheer disappointment within the enthusiast community. The segmentation is ready, We hope the rumors are true and Yamaha is ready!