M-Slaz launch in India is a possibility going by the concept-to-production strategy Yamaha followed in international markets….
Apart from the two big bang launches of R15 v3 as well as the new R3 ABS, Yamaha kept a very interesting concept at their stall and did not talk about it, purposely as I believe! Hyper Slaz, as it is called, is the “Ultimate Extreme Street” concept of the Yamaha M-Slaz which they already sell in some parts of the world like Indonesia, Thailand etc.
This Hyper Slaz is very similar to the M-Slaz concept motorcycle which was showcased before the production version came out. The idea is to present a product with bulky looking base and agile upper body and it follows a dark theme with metallic grey-black colour with red ascents.
It comes with many premium components like upside down front forks (like the international R15 v3), Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres, Deltabox frame etc. There is a camera pinned to the headlamp and it appears that we will start getting motorcycles with in-built action cameras in the coming times.
The production M-Slaz (called as Xabre in Indonesia) produces 16.3 PS of peak power at 8500 rpm and 14.3 Nm of maximum torque at 7500 rpm from its 150 cc SOHC liquid cooled fuel injected engine; which is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. It weighs just 135 kg and is equipped with 110 and 130 mm front and rear 17 inch tyres.
Its purpose of Indian-showcase could be to preview yet another motorcycle based on the R15 which could be slotted between the Fazer 150 and the now-higher priced R15 v3. Since it shares most of its part with its faired sibling, it will only increase Yamaha’s economies of scale of this platform. How much will Yamaha strip it off for our market is not known but I do see something cooking on this concept for our market; so shall we get ready for the M-Slaz launch in India Yamaha?
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