Is Yamaha Motors India ready for that awaited and sought after big move with FZ 250? Rumors are rife that the auto maker will soon launch Yamaha FZ 250 in the Indian market. If rumors are to be believed the auto major has a new Yamaha 250cc bike is lined up for launch in 2011.
The segment that has monsters including Hyosung, Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR 250R (bookings for this started and we will soon see the bikes coming out on road) is gaining popularity quickly and seems an attractive segment even to the bike companies to fork out high-powered metals.
We know already that Bajaj engineers are working to bring in Pulsar 250R, and guys at TVS Motors too have been working on TVS Apache 250cc and Suzuki Motors too isn't far in the 250cc bike race working to bring Suzuki GW250.
Will Yamaha sit quiet and enjoy the dominance of every other 250cc bike? Nah...expect the launch of Yamaha 250cc in the second half of the 2011, maybe the company has slated it for Dasara or Diwali launch. It is also learnt that Yamaha is strategically pricing the 250cc bike in 1.5 lakhs to 1.75 lakhs price range and if that happens it can be said as competitive. The Yamaha 250cc bike is speculated to be an FZ series sports bike and speculated to run on one cylinder fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 250 cc engine. Just like the Suzuki 250cc bike Yamaha might make the 250cc a naked fared one with good aerodynamic design and disc brakes in the front and rear with ABS and monoshock suspension at the rear. As with any other 250cc entry bikes expect fatter rear tyre and appealing Yamaha-like graphics
With Yamaha SZ receiving Bike Technology of the year 2010 and huge success of Yamaha FZ16, Yamaha FZS, Yamaha Fazer and Yamaha YZF R15, should have prompted Yamaha India to bring in more, although the company is tight lipped about the Yamaha FZ 250cc bike rumors.
Whether or not acknowledged, will a bike major like Yamaha sit quiet and allow the competition to rule the roost (250cc segment)? It will take a plunge at the right time to give the Ninjas and Hondas some tough chase. Follow us for more on Indian car news.