Yamaha Fascino Overview
Before the arrival of new generation Vespa in India, Indians were unheard of the concept of neo-retro scooters – a segment in which scooters are designed to look both retro as well as modern. Vespa used this formula in a brilliant manner, and thanks to its global popularity and the fact that it was a unique proposition in terms of its design, this formula became an instant hit. Despite the steep pricing of Vespa, it became a blockbuster success.
Off late, Yamaha too decided to tread on this path and came up with its own version of a neo-retro scooter, the Fascino. Built and designed specifically for fashion conscious buyers who prefer design and modernity above everything else, the Fascino has gained a good amount of popularity since its arrival. The scooter has recently been given a slight makeover. Here are the details:
Pricing and Colors
|Model||Prices (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Yamaha Fascino||Rs. 54,593|
Yamaha has launched the updated Fascino at a price tag of Rs. 54,593 ( Ex-showroom, Delhi). The Yamaha Fascino is offered in two monotone color options of Sassy Cyan and Dapper Blue and five dual tone color options of Glamorous Gold, Beaming Blue, Dazzling Grey, Sizzling Cyan and Spotlight White.
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Design and Features
With its specifically crafted neo-retro design, Yamaha has tried to make the Fascino stand out front the regular crowd of 110cc scooters – an attempt in which it has succeeded as well. With its funky yet glamorous design, the Fascino looks chic and very much feminine, which is purely made to attract the segment of young buyers.
The centrally mounted air vent and chrome element with the Yamaha logo above it gives the front apron a unique stance when viewed head on. Unlike before, the front apron now comes with dual tone color treatment. Adding to the glamour quotient are the diamond shaped clear lens turn indicators which are positioned on the either sides of the apron. The handlebar comes embedded with a nicely styled jewel shaped headlamp. Adding an extra oomph to the already good looking front stance of the scooter are the petal shaped chrome-bathed rear view mirrors.
The extremely curvy side profile of the Yamaha Fascino has been retained in a very good manner, with the characteristic wedge-shaped chrome element being the highlight of this side profile. This time around, the Fascino comes with a tan colored seat – another feather in its cap. Another things which have been retained on the Fascino are the 3-D emblem on the side body panels of the scooter as well as silver finished single piece huge pillion grab handle. The curvy stance of the Fascino extends well towards the rear of the scooter as well, which slopes down to the tail lamp cluster in a curvy fashion. The tail lamp is surrounded by clear lens tear-drop shaped turn indicators on either side. The graphics on the side panels of the scooter add in some more panache.
|Digital instrument console||No|
|Tan colored seat||Yes|
|Multi-functional ignition keyhole||No|
|Underseat storage space||21 liters|
Like the overall body design, the instrument console too has been given a neo-retro touch. The console gets a silver garnish around the main pod, which has a golden background and houses an analog speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and tell-tale lamps, with the fonts having a classic appeal to them. In terms of utility, the front apron comes fitted with a small storage compartment besides the ignition key hole, which is good for storing small knick-knacks. The underseat storage space is one of the best in the segment, which measures 21 liters. However, in this day and age, the scooter lacks some noteworthy creature comforts such as mobile charging point, key shutter mechanism, tubeless tyres, alloy wheels, LED lamps, etc, which is a major dent in its overall appeal and makes it a bit old school.
Engine and Performance
Yamaha has not fiddled with the powertrain combination and has equipped the Fascino with its tried and tested single cylinder, four stroke, air cooled, 113cc engine. Like on its other scooters, this engine on the Fascino is good for producing 7.1PS of maximum power and 8.1Nm of maximum torque. The engine gets treated with Yamaha’s ‘Blue Core’ technology, which promises boosted fuel efficiency and refinement of the engine. Thanks to this, the Fascino has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 66 kmpl.
|Type||4-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 113cc|
|Fuel efficiency||66 kmpl|
Ride and handling
Like its stablemates, the Yamaha Fascino comes equipped with hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a single sided hydraulic coil spring at the rear, which gives it decent stability and good ride quality. The 10-inch steel wheels and drum brakes at both the ends are fair enough to make it a decent scooter in terms of riding dynamics and handling. The low kerb-weight of 103 kg makes the Fascino a nimble performer which is good enough for city duties.
However, we would have appreciated Yamaha more if it would have equipped the Fascino with alloy wheels and a front disc brake, considering the fact that the Fascino is positioned as a more premium offering over its competitors.
|Front suspension||Telescopic hydraulic|
|Rear suspension||Single sided hydraulic coil spring|
|Brakes||Front – drum, Rear – drum|
While all the 110cc scooters are designed with a common notion of functionality over form, there is one scooter which rivals the Fascino with the same approach as it’s – the Honda Aviator. In comparison, the Aviator feels larger and bulkier, thanks to its taller stance. The Honda Aviator comes fitted with a single cylinder, air cooled, 109.2cc engine, which belts out 8.1 PS of power and 8.77 Nm of torque. These figures make the Aviator more powerful than the Fascino. The Aviator equals the Fascino in terms of suspension combination, with the front telescopic forks and the rear hydraulic coil spring on the offer. However, the optional alloy wheels and front disc brake give Aviator a good edge over the Fascino.
With the Fascino, Yamaha has opened an altogether new segment of retro-styled scooters at a much affordable price. However, apart from the glamorous design, there is nothing much unique on the scooter, when it comes to mechanical aspects. The scooter has got a decent 113cc engine which does its job fairly well, with key focus on fuel efficiency. However, being a Yamaha, the Fascino has no fault in its riding dynamics. It would have been better if the Fascino came with a few more modern comfort and convenience features, given the fact that the competition is already moving up the game in this aspect.