Vespa scooter gets competition from retro-look Yamaha Fascino, price Rs 52k

It looks like Vespa’s classic scooter is likely to get some competition finally, with Yamaha India launching its Fascino scooter today.

Like Vespa, Fascino also has a retro look, though it doesn’t go to the same extent to maintain the ‘simple’ look. The bike has been priced at Rs 52,500 ex-showroom in Delhi, compared to Rs 68,300 for the starting model of Vespa. Both the Suzuki Access and Honda Activa are also priced in the Rs 50,000-52,000 range before taxes.

Yamaha Fascino is powered by an air-cooled, 4-stroke 113cc “blue core” engine with a continuous variable transmission (CVT).

Yamaha Fascino- Cyan

Fascino has a lightweight body and a fuel efficiency of 66 kmpl. Total weight is just 103 kg, compared to 117kg for the Vespa. This could partly explain the higher mileage compared to the Vespa, which has a claimed mileage of around 60 kmpl.

Of course practical mileage will be about 15-20% lower.

In terms of styling, the Fascino has chrome-plated curves that is supposed to impart a sense of refinement and class,

The Fascino will come in 5 colours including a matte chromatic colouring.

“This is indeed a very special occasion for us as we launch our new style icon Fascino designed especially for the Indian youth,” said Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.

“The Fascino has also been developed eccentrically based on the concept of dynamic elegance, classy tailoring and balance of function and design. We as a youthful brand wanted to present them with a product that could fascinate them and Fascino, we believe, will certainly be able to do the job well.”

India has the world’s largest two-wheeler market with a total annual demand of approximately 16 million units (2014). Out of the total demand, the scooter segment constitutes 27% of the market, and is growing further year by year.

Since 2012, Yamaha Motor has been introducing a range of scooters – including RAY, RAY Z and Alpha – and has been increasing its customer base in the Indian market.

Other Yamaha two wheelers include YZF-R15 Version 2.0 (150cc), Fazer (153cc), FZ-S (153cc), Fazer FI Version 2.0 (149 cc), FZ-S FI Version 2.0 (149 cc), FZ (153cc), FZ FI Version 2.0 (149 cc), SZ-S & SZ-RR (153cc), SZ-RR Version 2.0 (149 cc).

Yamaha India also has in the market Saluto (125cc), SS125 (123cc), YBR125 (123cc), YBR110 (106cc), Crux (106cc) and scooters Ray (113cc), Ray Z (113cc) and Alpha (113 cc).

The imported bikes sold by the company include VMAX (1,679cc), YZF-R1M (998cc), YZF-R1 (998cc) and FZ1 (998cc).

The scooter segment is currently dominated by Honda, which has models such as the Activa and Dio. Suzuki, with Access, is also a prominent player.

Yamaha Fascino Specifications

Overall length 1815mm
Overall width 675mm
Overall height 1120mm
Seat height 775mm
Wheelbase 1270mm
Minimum ground clearance 130mm
Wet(with oil and a full fuel tank) 103kg
Minimum turning radius 2.0m
Engine type Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder
Displacement 113cm3
Bore & stroke 50.0×57.8mm
Compression ratio 9.20:1
Maximum horse power 5.3kW(7.1PS)/7500r/min
Maximum torque 8.1N・m(0.8kgf・m)/5000r/min
Starting system type Electric and kick
Lubrication system Force-feed lubrication, wet sump
Engine oil capacity 0.8L
Fuel tank capacity 5.2L
Carburetor Type/Fuel supply Carburetor
Ignition system type CDI (capacitor discharge ignition)
Spark plug model LR6E
Battery voltage/capacity 12V,5.0Ah(10H)
Battery Type 12MX5L-B/AB5L-B
Final drive Gear
Primary reduction ratio 1.000 (—)
Secondary reduction ratio 9.388 (46/14×40/14)
Clutch type Dry, centrifugal
Transmission type V-belt automatic
Shift type Automatic
Gear ratio-1st gear 2.259~0.824
Gear ratio-2nd gear
Frame type Underbone
Caster angle 27°30′
Trail 103mm
Steering Angle Left:44°, Right:44°
Tire size(Front) 90/100-10 53J (Tube type)
Tire size(Rear) 90/100-10 53J (Tube type)
Rim size(Front) J10×2.15
Rim size(Rear) J10×2.15
Brake type(Front) Mechanical leading trailing shoe brake(Drum brake)
Brake type(Rear) Mechanical leading trailing shoe brake(Drum brake)
Inside diameter of drum / Effective radius of disc(Front) 130mm
Inside diameter of drum / Effective radius of disc(Rear) 130mm
Suspension type(Front) Telescopic
Suspension type(Rear) Unit swing
Shock absorber assembly type(Front) Coil spring/oil damper
Shock absorber assembly type(Rear) Coil spring/oil damper
Wheel travel(Front) 90mm
Wheel travel(Rear) 75mm
Inner tube diameter of front fork 30.0mm
Headlight bulb type Halogen bulb
Headlight 12V,35W/35W×1
Brake/tail light 12V,21W/5W×1
Turn signal light(Front) 12V,10W×2
Turn signal light(Rear) 12V,10W×2
Speedometer Analog
Odometer Drum
Fuel gauge Analog