Yamaha FZ Fi V4 Review: No Much Relevant Today
Article by Drivio | 15th Nov 23
The 149cc mill makes an underwhelming 12.4PS and 13.3Nm
- Underpinnings on the FZ include an inverted fork along with a mono-shock
- There are disc brakes at both ends to handle braking
- While it gets connectivity options, it misses out on navigation
We recently rode the Yamaha FZ Fi V4 and found some things to be nice on the bike. That said, some things really left us wanting for a lot more as well. Here’s all that’s new and what’s not in the newest iteration of the FZ:
Yamaha FZ Fi V4: Design
The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe introduces subtle yet impactful styling updates. The redesigned front fascia features a revamped headlight and body-coloured elements, enhancing the visual appeal. The cockpit hosts a larger display with Bluetooth connectivity, providing a modern touch.
The alloy wheels, now in a contrasting shade, contribute to the bike's premium feel. However, the overall design, while appealing from certain angles, exhibits a slight imbalance in proportions, especially with the larger fuel tank contrasting the sleek headlight and tail section. The overall build quality, including paint finish, chrome accents, and the dual-tone exhaust, remains commendable.
In the features and technology department, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe brings notable upgrades. The instrument cluster now boasts a larger display, offering additional information such as fuel consumption and average speed.
While the Bluetooth module integrates with a dedicated smartphone application for call alerts and notifications, it lacks a gear position indicator. The display includes essential readouts like a speedometer, tachometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, and a clock. The smartphone application records fuel consumption, and the last parked location, and provides maintenance recommendations and malfunction notifications.
Yamaha FZ Fi V4: Engine
|Specifications||Yamaha FZ Fi V4|
Powered by a 149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a single overhead camshaft and two valves, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe maintains continuity with its predecessor. Paired with a five-speed gearbox, the engine produces a maximum output of 12.4PS at 7,250rpm and a peak torque of 13.3Nm at 5,500rpm.
The engine exhibits comfort above 3,000rpm, with optimal performance kicking in from 4,000rpm onward. The acceleration builds up until 7,000rpm, after which it starts tapering off. The motorcycle achieves a top speed of 108kmph in the fifth gear, though it feels less refined at higher speeds.
Yamaha FZ Fi V4: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|Specifications||Yamaha FZ Fi V4|
|Front suspension||Telescopic Fork|
|Front tyre||17-inch alloys|
|Rear tyre||17-inch alloys|
|Front brake||Disc Brake|
|Rear brake||Disc Brake|
Where the Yamaha FZ makes up for lost ground is in terms of the comfort on offer. The FZ is a very comfortable motorcycle and handles the bumps and speed breakers of the city rather well. The suspension setup is plush and riders of all shapes and sizes will be extremely comfortable on it. In fact, its low seat height means that even shorter riders can get on it and ride it easily.
The Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe boasts a formidable braking system, featuring 282mm front and 220mm rear discs complemented by a single-channel ABS. This setup delivers a responsive braking experience, characterized by a progressive feel and substantial bite. When the anchor is dropped, the motorcycle efficiently sheds speed at a commendable pace, ensuring rider confidence in varied riding conditions.
Yamaha FZ Fi V4: Dimensions
In our internal tests, the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe showcased impressive fuel efficiency, recording 57.4 kmpl under regular riding conditions at speeds up to 60 kmph. This noteworthy fuel economy, coupled with the sizable 13-litre fuel tank, bestows the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 with an extensive range of nearly 750km between fuel stops. It's crucial to note that individual riding styles may cause variations in this range.
Whether cruising through city streets or embarking on longer journeys, the FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe promises a commendable balance between fuel efficiency and an extended travel range, making it a practical choice for riders seeking economic and long-lasting performance.
Yamaha FZ Fi V4: Price
|Price||Yamaha FZ Fi V4|
|Ex-showroom Delhi||Rs 1.29 lakh|
Yamaha has priced the FZ at Rs 1,28,900, ex-showroom Delhi. That makes it a slightly expensive purchase, especially when compared to its rivals like the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Hero Xtreme 160R 4V, and the venerable Bajaj Pulsar N160.
Designed for the modern, first-time buyer or those seeking an upgrade from smaller-displacement motorcycles, the Yamaha FZ-S FI Version 4.0 Deluxe delivers efficiency in fuel economy and refinement at city speeds. The accessible seat height and low kerb weight contribute to its easy maneuverability. Despite the appealing styling, the slightly disproportionate design, especially the bulky fuel tank, may be a consideration. Priced at approximately Rs. 14,000 higher than Version 3.0, Version 4.0 offers a compelling choice, except for the looming competition from the Suzuki Gixxer 155.