Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Hybrid Scooters Compared

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Hybrid Scooters Compared

Reviews by Team Drivio | 29 Apr 2024

Both the Ray ZR and the Fascino 125 are powered by the same engine 

  • The 125cc air-cooled engine makes 8.2PS and 10.3Nm
  • Their hybrid systems mean that they both returned a mileage of more than 60kmpl in the city
  • Even if you wander out on the highway, they will return more than 50kmpl, which is very nice for a scooter

Yamaha Ray ZR and Yamaha Fascino are both highly fuel-efficient scooters, thanks to their hybrid systems. If you've been struggling to choose between them, don't worry. This comparison test will help you decide which one is the better investment for your money.

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Design & Features

At first glance, distinguishing the RayZR 125 Hybrid from its predecessor might prove challenging, as there aren't significant differences in the bodywork. However, Yamaha has introduced new graphics that accentuate the RayZR's lines, giving it a sharper appearance. Additionally, new colours like the Yellow Cocktail option inject a youthful vibe into the scooter's overall package.

In terms of quality, the Yamaha RayZR 125 Hybrid maintains the high standards set by its predecessor. The plastics and components feel well-built, with durable black finishes around the cluster and switchgear. While there are occasional panel gaps, the RayZR overall feels solidly constructed.

Yamaha has retained much of the previous Fascino's design for the new Fascino 125, which isn't a bad thing at all. Its unique design language might be polarising, but it grows on you over time. Elements like the inverted triangle-style headlamp, chrome embellishments, and the extended tail section make it stand out on the streets. Bold colour options like red, gold, and cyan blue ensure it grabs attention, while a matte version offers a more understated look. The fit and finish are commendable, although the abundance of plastic panels raises durability concerns.

While the design impresses, some ergonomic flaws become apparent. The footboard's aggressive upward sweep may not comfortably accommodate larger feet, and the relatively low-set handlebar can graze the knees of taller riders during tight turns. Additionally, the seat's softness may lead to discomfort during longer rides. Features like LED lamps and a comprehensive instrument cluster are missing, which may disappoint buyers expecting standard features in this segment.

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Engines

SpecificationsYamaha Ray ZR 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Engine125cc air-cooled engine125cc air-cooled engine
Maximum Power8.2PS8.2PS
Maximum Torque10.3Nm10.3Nm

The Yamaha RayZR 125 Fi-Hybrid retains its 124cc air-cooled engine but introduces a Hybrid Power Assist system. This system utilises the Smart Motor Generator (SMG) alongside a revised ECU for quicker acceleration. Torque has been increased from 9.7Nm to 10.3Nm in the Hybrid version, resulting in improved performance.

Despite not being the fastest scooter in its class, the RayZR 125 benefits from its lightweight construction, weighing just 99kg. This makes it highly manoeuvrable and easy to handle in parking situations.

Yamaha introduces a new 125cc engine with a nifty starter-motor generator for a silent start, along with a newly developed chassis. Although its power and torque figures are modest at 8.2hp and 9.7Nm respectively, its impressive power-to-weight ratio, thanks to its 99kg kerb weight, sets it apart in the 125cc scooter segment.

The Fascino 125 impresses with brisk performance, boasting an 82.82hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio that puts it on par with its competitors. Clocking a 0-60kph sprint in 8.41 seconds, it trails only slightly behind the Suzuki Access 125. Its responsive engine shines in roll-on acceleration, making city commuting effortless. Notably, the engine exhibits impressive refinement, delivering minimal vibrations even at high speeds. With a fuel economy of 57.08 kpl in the city and 64.2 kpl on the highway, it ranks among the most fuel-efficient BS6 125cc scooters.

Although the engine stop/start feature contributes to fuel economy, its slow response may be frustrating for some riders, prompting deactivation after efficiency tests.

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsYamaha Ray ZR 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Front suspensionTelescopic ForkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre90/90-1290/90-12
Rear tyre125/90-10110/90-10
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDrum BrakeDrum Brake
ABSCombined Braking SystemCombined Braking System

The RayZR 125 Hybrid offers a refined and smooth ride experience, with minimal vibrations even at its top speed of 96kmph. However, the braking setup lacks initial bite and may not inspire confidence during hard braking manoeuvres.

In terms of features, the RayZR Hybrid offers functional equipment such as a combined braking system, side-stand cut-off, 21 litres of under-seat storage, and a multi-function key. It also includes an idle-start-stop system to save fuel. While the LCD display provides essential information, it lacks a clock.

The Fascino 125 falls short in low-speed ride quality, with its firm telescopic fork and monoshock setup. While not harsh, it lacks the comfort expected in this segment. However, ride quality improves at higher speeds, although it doesn't match the comfort of competitors like the Suzuki Access 125 or TVS Ntorq. High-speed stability and handling are satisfactory but not class-leading. Braking performance from the optional front disc is decent but lacks bite and sharpness.

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Dimensions

The compactness of the RayZR 125 Hybrid is evident when riding, making it suitable for shorter riders. However, taller riders may find the handlebar intrusive during tight turns. The seat offers ample space and cushioning, providing comfort even during long rides. The scooter performs best with a pillion rider, with the suspension setup feeling stiff during solo rides, especially over minor road undulations.

Yamaha Ray ZR vs Yamaha Fascino 125: Price

PriceYamaha Ray ZR 125Yamaha Fascino 125
Ex-showroom Delhi

Rs 84,230 onwards 


Rs 78,600 onwards

Yamaha has priced both scooters quite near to each other. While the Ray ZR 125 costs Rs 84,230, the Fascino 125 presents slightly more value for the money because it costs Rs 78,600, both prices ex-showroom Delhi. 


The Yamaha RayZR 125 Hybrid fulfills most scooter requirements with its smooth engine, decent mileage, and practical features. Its lightweight and manoeuvrable nature make it ideal for city commuting. However, it lacks a distinct identity compared to competitors like the TVS Ntorq 125 or the Honda Grazia. Despite this, consumers seeking a Yamaha option may consider the RayZR Street Rally Hybrid version for additional features and a slightly different design.

Yamaha aims to capture a share of the 125cc market with the aggressively priced Fascino 125, starting at Rs 68,730 for the drum brake variant and Rs 71,230 for the disc brake variant. While it may lack some traditional features, it offers unique features like the silent start system and start/stop function, often absent in its rivals. Despite shortcomings in comfort, dynamics, and features, the Fascino 125's standout design, performance, efficiency, and Japanese reliability make it an appealing choice for those prioritising style and performance.