YAMAHA FASCINO: THE FASCINATING FASCINOPosted On: October 2, 2015 By : AutoLife Team
Are you one of those rare people who feel that Indian scooters are not stylish enough? If so, meet the Yamaha Fascino – a new stylish scooter developed by Yamaha that’s a little bit of everything. For those style-conscious buyers not wanting to spend much, but still want a decent scooter to scoot around everything, the Fascino is Yamaha’s answer. Let’s dig deeper into what makes the Fascino tick all the right boxes.STYLING:
The Fascino grabs your attention instantly with its neo-classic design. The design is a refreshing change from the mundane designs that we usually see in Indian scooters. The front apron of the Fascino is truly attractive with the chrome-plated front grill, which has a Yamaha logo above it. The diamond-shaped turn indicators are beautifully put together on the either sides of the front apron. The rounded-triangle headlamp which is mounted on the handlebar provides the scooter a retro appearance without being a caricature. The leaf-like rear view mirrors stand out effortlessly in chrome finish.The side profile is curvaceous with a generous amount of chrome placed right on the edges of the side panels. A 3D emblem of the ‘Fascino’ along with the ‘Blue Core’ badge is mounted on both the sides. The swoopy rear section flows with curves all the way back to the tail light. The tail light which has a matt black cover over it holds a Yamaha logo on a chrome strip. A perfectly blended silver finished easy-to-hold grab bar gives the rear profile an eye-pleasing appeal.The instrumentation console gets a silver surround. The speedometer is analogue with white background and orange needles. Fuel gauge on the right is analogue too. There also exists a small Yamaha logo within the instrumentation cluster and the Fascino text in the middle just above the logo.ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE:
The Fascino gets the same 113cc engine which powers the rest of its siblings. Like the rest, the Fascino delivers 7 bhp of power at 7500 RPM with 8.1 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. The ‘Blue Core’ engine effortlessly delivers smooth acceleration when prepping through the city traffic.The engine is responsive and has adequate power for everyday commuting. Although the sound of the engine is louder than other scooters, the sound is not harsh. There are no vibrations when in motion. Yamaha claims the best-in-class fuel efficiency figure of 66 kmpl for the Fascino.
RIDE, ERGONOMICS AND HANDLING:
At 103 kg, the Fascino is the lightest of all the Yamaha scooters.The Fascino’s telescopic front forks and unit swing rear suspension provide a supple ride quality. When traversing potholes, the suspension does an adequate job and soaks up the broken road relatively well. The firm suspension setup instills you to tackle curves and broken roads with confidence.The 90/100 section MRF Nylogrip Zappers and drum brakes at both the ends hold the road well. The scooter’s wide and well contoured seat is comfortable for both the rider and the pillion even on broken roads. Ergonomically, the Fascino is very roomy despite its diminutive build. Underneath the wide seat is an underseat storage of 21 litres that can accommodate a few things, and even a full-faced helmet. Also, the new seat design is 7mm leaner around thighs to ensure easy leg reach for better control.VERDICT:
This all-new scoot from Yamaha is not only an excellent scooter but it is also quite the looker on the street. It is a distinctive looking scooter with plenty of style attached to it, which makes for quite an eye-catching little scooter. Yamaha has done a great job of blending curves and chrome into a stylish package without compromising all the solid reliability and unmatched convenience that comes with its nametag. Potential buyers looking to make a style statement now have an added option of buying a retro-styled scoot without ripping a hole through their wallets.