While the quarter-litre motorcycle segment remains as crowded as ever in Malaysia, apparently India will be getting a fairly interesting sports bike in 2017 from Yamaha, dubbed the Fazer 250. Based on the Yamaha FZ25 launched earlier this year, the Fazer 250 is an extension of the FZ25, with component sharing being the basis for production.

From a Times of India report, the Fazer 250 was spotted during road-testing near India Yamaha Motor’s plant at Surajpur, Greater Noida. It was reported the semi-faired Fazer 250 is set to enter production in August, and will be released in October, ahead of the holiday season.

Using the component sharing model makes sense for India Yamaha, as it already has the basis for many items that can be used on both the naked sports FZ25 and the Fazer 250. This includes the 249 cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, two-valve thumper from the FZ25, claimed to pump out 19 hp at 8,000 rpm and 20 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Currently, India Yamaha uses component and platform sharing for its 150 cc motorcycle, with three models on offer. These are the FZ-Fi and FZS-Fi naked sports bikes and the semi-faired Fazer-Fi (pictured above and in gallery), all using an air-cooled 149 cc single-cylinder engine.

It is said the Yamaha Fazer 250 will also come with ABS and a five-speed gearbox. In India, the 2017 Yamaha FZ25 retails for 130,000 Indian rupees (RM8,660), ex-New Delhi, with the Fazer 250 expected to be priced slightly above that at launch.

In Malaysia, Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia’s single offering in the 250 cc motorcycle class is the 2017 Yamaha YZFR-25 full-fairing sports bike that retails for RM20,630, including GST. The YZF-R25 comes with a liquid-cooled parallel-twin with four-valves per cylinder, displacing 249 cc, and produces 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm.

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