The all-new Yamaha Fascino 125 takes a leap ahead in terms of performance with its new 125cc engine. It gets a host of new features as well. Let’s delve into more details in this new Yamaha Fascino 125 review.
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.
In 2015, 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 recently went under the hammer and gets a new higher capacity engine along with minor noticeable changes. The 113cc Fascino is now replaced by the 125cc Fi one. Here are the details:
Pricing and Colors
|Yamaha Fascino 125 Fi Variants
Yamaha launched the new Fascino 125 Fi at a price tag of Rs. 66,430 ( Ex-showroom, Delhi). The prices have seen an increment in recent months and the range now starts at Rs 68,730. The Yamaha Fascino is offered in Cyan Blue, Red, Yellow, Black, Matt Blue, Suave Copper, Dark Matt Blue and Dark Matt Blue.
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With its specifically crafted neo-retro design, Yamaha tried to make the Fascino stand out front the regular crowd of 110cc and now 125cc scooters – an attempt in which it succeeded as well. With its funky yet glamorous design, the new Fascino 125 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 give the front apron a unique stance when viewed head-on. Unlike before, the front apron now comes with dual-tone colour treatment. Adding to the glamour quotient are the diamond-shaped clear lens turn indicators which are positioned on either side of the apron.
The ergonomics of the Fascino have been tweaked for comfort. The handlebar comes embedded with a nicely styled jewel-shaped headlamp. To make the scooter better, Yamaha has raised the handlebar by 20mm and at the same time, made it 18mm closer to the rider. Adding an extra oomph to the already good looking front stance of the scooter are the petal-shaped chrome-bathed rearview mirrors. The seats have gone wider too which should add more comfort.
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-coloured seat – another feather in its cap.
Other 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
|Tan coloured seat
|Multi-functional ignition keyhole
|Underseat storage space
The Fascino 125cc iteration does not get any major noticeable changes. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer has let go of a good opportunity to add practical features like the underseat USB port & boot light. Even the storage space of the apron is given a miss (it was offered in the earlier version!).
Like the overall body design, the instrument console gets the same neo-retro touch. The console gets a silver garnish around the main pod, which has a golden background and houses an analogue speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge and tell-tale lamps, with the fonts having a classic appeal to them. It also gets a maintenance-free battery.
The underseat storage space is one of the best in the segment and measures 21 litres. However, in this day and age, the scooter lacks some noteworthy creature comforts such as mobile charging point, key shutter mechanism, LED lamps, etc, which is a major dent in its overall appeal and makes it a bit old school.
Engine and Performance
Yamaha has gone over the top and replaced the 113cc engine with the more powerful and fuel-efficient 125cc engine. Like on its other scooters, this engine on the Fascino is good for producing 8.2PS of maximum power and 9.7Nm of maximum torque.
In due course of getting BS6 compliant, the 125cc FI engine promises 30% more power and 16% boosted fuel efficiency. Thanks to this, the new Fascino 125 should deliver a mileage of around fuel efficiency figure of 76 kmpl.
|Fascino 125 FI
|4-stroke, air-cooled, 125cc
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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 12-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels ensure a more comfortable ride quality compared to its predecessor 113cc scooter.
Now, this is interesting. The scooter has gone lighter despite bearing a higher capacity engine. It now tips the scale at 99kg (4kg less than earlier one!). The low kerb-weight makes the Fascino a nimble performer which is good enough for city duties.
With disc brakes and alloy wheels, the Fascino 125 now looks to be in direct rivalry with the segment leaders like the Honda Activa 125 and the Suzuki Access.
|Single sided hydraulic coil spring
|12-inch (front) & 10-inch (rear)
Yamaha Fascino 125 Vs?
All the 125cc scooters are designed with a common notion of functionality over form. However, the Fascino takes the glamorous approach by being different. It locks horns with the Honda Activa 125, Suzuki Access 125 and Hero Destini.
With the Fascino 125Fi, 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 125cc engine which does its job fairly well, with a 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.