Followed by the good response all over the country on Yamaha's debut scooter in India, the Ray, the news is rumouring that Yamaha is working on a premium class scooter for Indian scooter Industry. The scooter is expected to be mated with a powerful 250 cc engine. Once it is launched, it will be labelled as the flagship scooter of the country's scooter world.
By launching the Ray, Yamaha entered in to the Indian scooter world in September 2012. Within no time, the Japanese manufacturer earned good reviews everywhere and bagged so many scooters of the year awards. The scooter is wedded with a 113 cc, Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC,2-valve, Single cylinder engine. It generates a maximum power of 7.1PS @ 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 8.1Nm @ 5000 rpm. Provided a V-belt automatic transmission and telescopic unit swing suspensions at both ends, the Ray ensures a superior ride.
Meanwhile, the prototype sketch of the upcoming premium scooter has been leaked. However, it is yet to be officially concluded regarding the prototype. Nevertheless, there is a scoop that the upcoming scooter will be structured between the Ray and the premium scooter, the TMAX. The scooter is supposed to share the refined engine of the much awaiting Fazer 250. The scooter is expected to be priced around Rs. 1 lakh.
In fact, the Indian two wheeler industry is in deed missing a premium class scooter. Currently, the scooter industry is led by the Vespa LX 125. Well, it ain,t that premium. Our industry was once enriched with the presence of the Kinetic Blaze. Powered by a 165 cc, 4 stroke, 4 valve engine, the scooter pulled off maximum power of 11.6 hp @ 7500 rpm and maximum power of 12 Nm @ 500 rpm. The top speed of the machine was 101 kmph. Moulded disc brake at front, the scooter was a strange appearance to the Indian onlookers. Unfortunately, Kinetic couldn't achieve the target what they aimed and it resulted in the ending of its production.
If Yamaha could launch a premium scooter at a reasonable pricing, stunning design and good economical figure, definitely Yamaha can win the market, since the India motorcycle industry truly lacks a premium scooter. Even though, the Vespa was launched, it couldn't meet up to the expectations of the motorcycle analysts and failed to win sales as the consortium thought. Hopefully, let's stay tuned for the big surprise what Yamaha has in in its store to be revealed.
It is expected to have a 250 cc engine and to be priced around Rs. 1 lakh.
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