It’s the battle for the throne by the two Japanese giants, Yamaha and Suzuki for the ultimate possession of the 150CC segment bike market in India with the new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI and the new exclusive Suzuki Gixxer150. Both the bikes are very unique in their style and performance with a quite affordable price. These two machines are aimed at attracting the consumers between the age group of 18 to 30.
The new improved Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI is equipped with a fuel injected powerhouse which uses the Blue Core technology that was introduced by Yamaha for good fuel economy and power as well. On the other hand we have the Suzuki’s new challenger, the Gixxer150 which is designed by the expert team that worked for the super bikes in the legendary GSX-R series & is produced with the new path breaking and cutting edge Suzuki Eco Performance(SEP) technology which delivers top class fuel efficiency without compromising on power and performance. Now let us see the ups and downs of these two street macho's in various aspects.
EngineBoth the bikes are crafted with the super powered compact engines that deliver nearly same amount of power as that of the other. The Yamaha FZ V2.0 FI has a 149cc, 4-stroke Air cooled power generator which is controlled with a constant mesh 5-speed transmission system that is capable of producing a smooth 12.9 BHP @ 8000rpm. The specialty of this engine is the ‘Blue Core’ technology which is claimed to improve the mileage up by 14% leading it to around 50.64Kmpl at city and 53Kmpl at highways. This bike gets the glory of being the first in the Indian 150cc bike segment to get a fuel injection system. This advanced fuel injection system uses special sensors to detect the changes in temperature, pressure and the engine condition and deliver only the needed amount of fuel to be burnt. This move by Yamaha targets to attract the customers who are keen about fuel efficiency & milage. It was said at the launch that the power of the engine has been reduced from 14BHP to 13BHP. But it feels nearly the same as its predecessor with a slight decrease at its top speed. The bike escalates to 100kph at 20.4sec and stays study at that speed.
The Suzuki Gixxer150 has an engine displacement of 154.9cc. This engine is also molded with fins which makes it look similar to the other typical air-cooled engines. It was expected that the bike will be powered by a 6-speed transmission system like the GS150R but the manufacturers were happy with the 5-speed transmission which does its job well. Here the engine produces a raw power of [email protected] which nearly units more than that of the FZ S. This engine is pretty dynamic and touches 100kph at mere 19.2sec. The Gixxer’s fuel is delivered to its engine by a carburetor. The Suzuki Eco Performance engine has been designed in such a way that all the losses of energy during the working of the engine is decreased by the modification of the materials that are used to build the engine. This makes this engine a racy beast with a higher fuel economy. It was certified by ARAI that the bike is capable of burning a litre of petrol for every 64Km under ideal conditions. But the bike is capable of giving 51kmpl at city and 56kmpl at the highways.
The FZ V2.0 and the Gixxer are fabulously designed in such a way that throttling through the stretches keeps the rider feel no tired for hours as the bends and curves are always a great fun to get through. The FZ V2.0 has a compact dimension of 1990mm*770mm*1030mm. This makes the bike get good control and better handling throughout the journey. The bike has a wheelbase of 1330mm and a ground clearance of 160mm. Yamaha corp. has reduced the weight of this machine to 132Kg which makes the bike ride a joy.
The Gixxer alike its competitor has an overall length, width and height of 2025mm, 785mm and 1030mm. This street racer also shares the same ground clearance as that of FZ V2.0. Although the Gixxer is 2Kg heavier than the Lord of the streets, it feels perfectly matched with its structural properties.
Style and Features
Both the naked bikes share more or less the similar type of styling and other technical features starting with the well-built muscular 12 litre fuel tank to the sporty tail lights. These two street fighters are rolled out with almost the same type of 100/80-17 front tyres and 140/60R-17 rear tyres combined with the Matt-black alloy wheels. The FZ V2.0 has a well exposed engine cabin compared to that of the Gixxer. The chassis of the FZ is solid as that of its predecessor. As usual the FZ has the telescopic front forks and a squashy mono-cross suspension for a smooth ride. The braking system comprises of the 267mm disc brake at the front and a simple 130mm drum brake at the back. The FZ's instrument cluster looks refreshing with a new style which comes with an choice of three black lights.
The Gixxer has a pretty packed look at its engine cabin with a strong chassis aimed for great maneuverability. The same story as that of FZ is followed here in case of the suspension system. The braking system is made up of 240mm front disc brake and the similar type of 130mm drum brake. The Gixxer is equipped with a generously styled instrument cluster that looks clean and futuristic with a gear indicator in it. The FZ V2.0 feels sporty with a split seat at a ride height of 790mm and the Gixxer has an ordinary seat at 780mm from the ground.
These two rides give a tough fight with one another and are stunning with their wonderful features in store. The best part about Yamaha is that they offer a good after sale service but for the Suzuki with a new hope, its bit tough to catch up with the customers due to the lack of concentration in the Indian market all these years. All together these two street kings make a perfect clash of titans in the Indian bike market.