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Naza Blade launched in Malaysia
rmreview.com.my, 26 Jan '11

NAZA Bikes has introduced the Blade EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) in Malaysia, starting from RM 16,600 (US$ 5,400).

The Naza Blade, which is essentially a rebadged Hyosung Comet, offers a punchy performance but with affordable bike price which are RM 18,700 (US$ 6,100) for the Blade 250R and RM 29,188 for the Blade 650R.

With the latest version of the Blade 250 cc and 650 cc at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor show 2010, the new Blade EFI is more powerful and importantly more affordable Naza Blade ever. The new fuel injected engine used to improve its already impressive power & torque performance. Still within the 33bhp for those on restricted licences this bike is perfect for the inexperienced rider or regular commuter.

The new version of both the Blade 250 cc and 650 cc are equipped with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) specification as compared to the previous carburettor model. Two variants of the Blade 250 cc are available naked bike and sports bike. As for the Blade 650 cc, only the sports model is available. The technology for both models is through collaboration between NAZA Bikes and Hyosung of Korea.

Naza Blade has been in the market since 2005 and has gone through rigorous road tests before it was launched. Very popular among the youngsters between the age group of 25 - 35, Blade is normally used as a commuting bike. The model has gone through a few specification changes to meet the local demand with the latest change being the EFI engine specification.

Both models are locally assembled at NAZA Bikes factory in Shah Alam. The market for local assembled 250 cc and 650 cc is growing from year to year. The market for local assembled 250 cc is expected to close the year at 1,500 units whilst the 650 cc should register around 1,300 units" said Mr. Dato' SM Zulkifli SM Amin, the Group Chief Operating Officer, NAZA Motor Group

NAZA Blade is the second most popular model for locally assembled 250 cc and 650 cc. For Blade 250 cc we expect to increase our market share from 28% this year to 35% next year and for the Blade 650cc, our target is to capture a minimum of 20% market share in 2011. We believe with this two new models supported by our marketing activities, NAZA Bikes will become a bigger player in these two segments", said Mr. Dato' Haji SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, the Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies.

The EFI engine gives better control on fuel volume, injection and ignition timing with the Electrical Control Unit (ECU). It also gives better acceleration and lower fuel consumption. The Euro 3 standard for emission is more environmentally friendly. Both Blade 250 cc and Blade 650 cc are competitively priced with the former retailing at RM 16,600 and the later at RM 22,000.

NAZA Blade 250 EFI specs:

Engine: DOHC 8 valve oil cooled
Displacement: 249cc
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection
Starter: Electric
Power Output: 21.5kW (28.8hp) @ 10000rpm
Max Torque: 22.68Nm (16.7lbs-ft) @ 8000rpm
Cylinders: 2
L x W x H: 2060 x 655 x 1125mm
Wheelbase: 1445mm
Ground Clearance: 130mm
Dry Mass: 171kgs
Gears: 1 down 4 up
Brakes: Front double disc, rear disc
Tyres: 110/ 70-17 54H front
150/ 70-17 69H rear
Fuel Tank: 17 litre
Seat Height: 780mm

NAZA Blade 650 EFI specs:

Engine: DOHC 8 valve water cooled
Displacement: 647cc
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection
Starter: Electric
Power Output: 82hp @ 9000rpm
Cylinders: 2
L x W x H: 2060 x 655 x 1125mm
Wheelbase: 1435mm
Ground Clearance: 130mm
Dry Mass: 208kgs
Gears: 1 down 5 up
Brakes: Front double disc, rear disc
Tyres: 120/ 60-ZR17 55W front
Tyres: 160/ 60-ZR17 69W rear
Fuel Tank: 17 litre
Seat Height: 780mm