We were not far off when we predicted Yamaha’s April 14th event to be the launch of Ray ZR. Barely a week after, they have indeed introduced the Cygnus Ray ZR and has priced it at Rs 52,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Positioned between the Fascino and the Alpha, the Ray ZR is being promoted as the ultimate ‘real boy’s scooter’. But before we talk about the new scooter here’s some quick history for you.
Back when Yamaha launched the Ray Z their key target audience were young boys (original Ray was focussed on females). While sales have been somewhat satisfactory, the scoot is being bought more by the fairer sex. And hence, Yamaha decided to discontinue the original Ray, let Ray Z take its place and bring in the Ray ZR which is more muscular and hopes to finally catch male buyers.
Cygnus Ray ZR is powered by the same 113 cc Blue Core mill churning out a slightly better 7.2 PS of maximum power at 7,500 rpm (Fascino produces 7.1 PS) and an equivalent 8.1 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. Ray ZR weighs 103 kg for the disc brake variant (wet weight is same as Fascino). All this helps the scooter return an excellent rated fuel efficiency figure of 66 kmpl. The drum brake variant weighs 2 kilos more (we do not know why!).
Ray ZR becomes the first Yamaha scooter to feature front disc brakes (it gets a tiny 170 mm unit). The underseat storage is the same 21 litre bay which is again equivalent to the entire line-up. Other features include tubeless tyres and a newly designed instrumentation console.
Ray ZR Colours
The Cygnus Ray ZR will be available with different colours for the drum brake and front disc brake version. This includes:
- Fizz White (disc brake only)
- Matt Green (disc brake only)
- Rooster Red (drum brake only)
- Maverick Blue (drum brake only)
Ray ZR Price & Variants
Here are the two variants of Ray ZR and their prices…
- Yamaha Cygnus RayZR drum brake: Rs 52,000
- Yamaha Cygnus RayZR front disc brake: Rs 54,500
*both ex-showroom, Delhi
Deliveries of this new scooter will begin from next month (May 2016). Yamaha has also announced that their Fascino has sold more than 1,51,023 units. With the Fascino being a star seller can the Ray ZR add some more to the tally?