Yamaha, the world renowned two-wheeler manufacturer is betting big in the scooter segment in India and is here to prove its mettle with the launch of the Yamaha Fascino for the Indian customers. Yamaha has given the scooter a "modern-retro" look similar to the Piaggio Vespa. The front end of the scooter looks appealing with rounded headlamps and a dynamic front area with a small grill and chrome elements to accentuate the overall looks. The name Fascino literally means Fashion and Yamaha had used the name prior to the naming of the scooter for a fashion show in 2014. The company claims that the new Fascino offers a comfortable riding position for the rider coupled with a large foot board to maximize overall comfortability.
What goes against the grain of expectations from many of the prospective fans in India was the use of Yamaha's “Blue Core”, 113cc engine in the Fascino. This is the same engine as that in the Yamaha Ray and it is a 113cc, air-cooled, 2-valve, single-cylinder engine that provides 7.1PS of Power @ 7500RPM and 8.1Nm of Torque @ 5000RPM and uses a CVT or Continuous Variable Transmission.
The scooter does not have the option of choosing disc brakes in front. What makes the Yamaha's Fascino soar high though is the mileage it offers. With the help of the Blue Core engine, the scooter claims a respectable 66kmpl. This figure, as of now, is the highest claimed by any scooter in India. /pictures/default/yamaha-fascino/yamaha-fascino-pic-3.jpg
Weighing in at 103 Kg, Yamaha says this is the lightest scooter in India produced by the company, the scooter is 1815mm long, 675mm wide and 1120mm tall. Ground clearance stands at 128mm and the wheelbase is 1270mm. Fuel Tank capacity stands at 5.2 litres.
Yamaha announced that the Fascino was targeted at the younger generation of India who want their rides to stand out, and consider the scooter as a fashion statement and less of a commuter. The scooter certainly boasts of many fashionable elements and dynamism incorporated to it but the real question is if it will be able to take on its rival in the segment, the equally styled Piaggio Vespa which sports the “modern-retro” look but has a more powerful engine under the seat. Yamaha India has given a price tag of Rs.52,500/-(ex-showroom Delhi) and offers the scooter in 5 different enticing colors – red, cobalt, white, cyan and black. While the Vespa continues to attract sales across India, Yamaha's new addition to the scooter line-up, with its attractive pricing should attract buyers who'd like not to exhaust their accounts, yet get a hold of something attractive.
Yamaha's latest offering to the Indian Scooter Segment
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