At an event in Mumbai yesterday evening, Yamaha launched their new scooter in India which is a namesake of a beauty pageant they host. Called as the Fascino, the scooter does look real interesting and different from the rest of the crop (unless you wanted to hear something about the R25/R3!). Using a mix of retro styling with modern cues, Yamaha is going to try and expand its sales volume among the youth of the country.
Fascino does appear to have taken a lot of cues from the Nozza Grande which is sold in Vietnam. As per the company management they have tried to design the looks of the Fascino on the concept of dynamic elegance, classy tailoring and balance of function and design. We take that on this one Yamaha!
Engine and Performance:
Apart from the looks, however, things are not all that compelling. Fascino carries the same underpowered 113 cc SOHC single cylinder Blue Core mill seen in the rest of the scooter line-up. It produces the same 7.1 PS of maximum power at 7,500 rpm and 8.1 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. Come on Yamaha, a 125cc would have done better justice!
Fascino gets a 5.2 litre fuel tank, ground clearance of 128 mm and a kerb weight of just 103 kilos! Yamaha claims a fuel efficiency rating of 66 kmpl, which should lure many.
Fascino looks a retro-modern scooter with classic lines flowing across which spans to the instrumentation cluster as well. The chrome finished rear view mirrors appear garish, however! The under seat storage is a healthy 21 litres and has a wide floor board. They have added a handy, small storage space near the ignition key slot. The seat too has been ergonomically designed to be 7 mm leaner, allowing easy reach for the riders.
Colours and Price:
Fascino is Yamaha’s costliest automatic scooter yet and has a price tag of Rs 52,500 ex-showroom, Delhi. It is available in the following 5 color options:
- Tuxedo Black
- Cool Cobalt
- Haute White
- Sassy Cyan
- Rogue Red
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We are not sure if we should be happy or sad about this development but we are not disappointed at this effort considering that Yamaha intends to build on their sales volumes in the country. The Fascino does look like a fresh new offering in this segment of similar looking scoots! Competition Vespa…?