Yamaha launch RAY-ZR

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Showcased at this year’s Auto Expo, the Cygnus Ray-ZR scooter has finally been launched, with deliveries set to begin from next month onwards.

Yamaha’s latest scooter is based on the familiar Ray platform but unlike the Cygnus Ray that was targeted at the fairer sex, the ZR version is dubbed as the “Real Boy’s Scooter” (whatever that means). One look at the exterior though and you understand where Yamaha is focusing on. The ‘boyish’ appearance comes from a sharper, more aggressive and muscular design which, according to the company, expresses the strength of a well-trained physique. The instrument cluster too, has been revised and is now claimed to offer enhanced readability, even at night.

The changes seen are purely cosmetic, as underneath lies the same 113cc, four-stroke engine giving out 7bhp and 8Nm of max torque; the drive is sent to the wheels through the traditional CVT gearbox. Sprightly performance is ensured as the scooter weighs just 103kgs, and trips to the fuel stations are also kept in check with Yamaha saying that the Ray-ZR will give 66kms to the litre.

Storage space is aplenty with 21 litres of it available under the seat. The bike maker is also offering the ZR with options of disc and drum brakes, the variants for which are priced at Rs 54,500 and Rs 52,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively.

Revealing Yamaha’s plans Roy Kurian, VP-Sales & Marketing, Yamaha states, “Out of the total demand of two wheelers in India, the scooter segment is soaring with 30% contribution to the sales and we are looking at 10% market share for this year. With Yamaha’s forte to cater to youngsters with its DNA of style, sportiness and innovation, the new Cygnus Ray-ZR will surely be a treat for real boys, especially among the ones particularly keen on style and technology.”

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