Report: Joshua David Luther; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
Like the fashion industry, the design philosophy of
the auto industry keeps getting new trends which get out dated and then return
with a vengeance. In today’s age and date, old school is the new cool with all
heads turning to a more retro look. But retro is simply not enough! It would
seem a fusion of old school looks and modern engineering is what makes our
world tick. A few auto manufacturers have accepted this while others are still
in the process of understanding it! But Yamaha has been quick and precise like
the blade of a samurai. India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. launched their new scooty
the Fascino in May, 2015. The scooty is set to compete with the likes of the
Vespa and create a significant space for itself in the retro scooty market.
The Fascino is not a run of the mill scooty and it has
a unique appeal which is not available in the market. Yamaha has used a retro
look on the Fascino but has gone a little beyond that, they have combined retro
looks with a new design philosophy. The design language is inspiring with
smooth and curvy lines flowing seamlessly on the sides of the scooty. The front
of the Fascino has edgy styling with a triangular yet round headlamp. This
scooty is curvy yet boasts of a sharp and edgy design. It has a sleek side
profile and comes with chrome garnishing on the sides. The front and rear
feature the Yamaha emblem housed in a chrome finished wing blade. The side view
mirror housing has subtle chrome finishing and the Fascino is available with a
host of accessories.
At the heart of the Fascino is a 113cc, Air-Cooled,
4-Stroke, SOHC, 2-Valve motor which produces 7bhp @ 7500rpm and churns out
8.1Nm of torque @ 5000rpm. This scooty has a kerb weight of 103kgs which makes
it light and zippy, ideal for city traffic. The 90/ 100 R10 tyres grip the road
well and give the scooty an impressive stance. The Fascino has a ground
clearance of 128mm and the telescopic (front) and unit swing (rear) suspension which
caters to a smooth hassle free ride. In city traffic and on highways the
Fascino is easy to ride. It corners well and has a sharp acceleration, throttle
inputs are exact from the word go and the engine does not feel stressed till
the 85kmph mark. The front and rear drum brakes are progressive but never give
you a feeling of uncertainty. The V-Belt automatic transmission is smooth and
gives an uninterrupted flow of power. The Fascino may be a tad bit slower than
competition but are you really going to use it to race? What’s more important
for this segment is fuel economy and the Fascino gives one of the best averages
in the segment. It returns 66kms to a litre of petrol which beats competition
by leaps and bounds.
Like all the other contenders, this scooty also comes
with a host of features. The Fascino has one of the biggest under seat storage
areas of 21 litres, it comes with an under seat hook for bags and a bottle
holding pocket for any pocket sized items and water bottles. It has a broad and
comfy saddle and the rider seat height is set at 775mm. The scooty has a decent
riding position and is comfortable to ride even on long journeys. The switch
gear on the Fascino is easy to operate and has been placed ergonomically. The
scooty has a bold analogue speed-o-meter which is easy to read and has an
economical driving indicator. It also is available with an electric start and
kick start function. The Fascino is available in 5 colours – Sassy Cyan, Rouge
Red, Tuxedo Black, Haute White and Cool Cobalt. This scooty will cost you Rs.
52,500 (ex-showroom Delhi) which is very competitive considering that you get a
unique styling, great fuel efficiency and admirable performance at a very
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