Yamaha Ray-ZR
Ray-ZR features an aggressive design in line with the Honda Dio. Pictured: Yamaha Ray-ZRPR handout

India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. launched Cygnus Ray-ZR, the sporty version of the Ray scooter, priced at Rs 52,000 ex-showroom, Delhi, for the drum brake version. The disc brake version has been priced at Rs 54,500. The Japanese manufacturer had unveiled the scooter at Auto Expo 2016 in the beginning of February.

The new scooter has been developed as a next-generation scooter and features an aggressive design in line with the Honda Dio. The Ray-ZR scooter is powered by an air-cooled, SOHC, 113cc Blue Core engine that develops 7bhp and 8.1Nm of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) unit. It features a lightweight body weighing just 103 kgs. Yamaha claims the advanced engine with high combustion efficiency in Ray-ZR offers 66kmpl, which is the best fuel efficiency in its class.

The scooter has 21-litre capacity under seat storage and the newly designed instrument cluster comes with better readability, even at night. The scooter also comes with tubeless tyres.

"With Yamaha's forte to cater to youngsters with its DNA of style, sportiness and innovation, the new Cygnus Ray-ZR will surely be a treat for real boys, especially among the ones particularly keen on style and technology. Since 2012, Yamaha's Scooters were enthusiastically accepted in the market," said Roy Kurian, VP-Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., in a statement.

"With the launch of the Fascino in 2015, Yamaha further witnessed a steep growth in sales, which only testifies its strong product focus and market strategy. We are excited to launch the new Cygnus Ray-ZR which is all set to rev many hearts among Indian customers.

"Out of the total demand of two wheelers in India, the scooter segment is soaring with 30% contribution to the sales and we are looking at 10% market share for this year" he added. With the arrival of Ray ZR, Yamaha India's scooter line up increased to four models, others being Ray-Z, Alpha and Fascino.