Yamaha India has silently increased the price of the new R15 Version 3.0. The third generation of the full-faired motorcycle, launched at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) at the 2018 Auto Expo, has received a hike of Rs 2,000. While the Japanese brand hasn’t given any reasoning for price increase, it’s also gearing up to launch the MotoGP edition of the R15 V3.0 this month.
The sharp styling of the new R15 has been inspired by the Yamaha R1 and the R6. The latest edition gets equipped with twin-LED headlights, and an all-digital display replaces the semi-digital unit as seen on its predecessor.
Apart from sporty styling, the R15 V3.0 also features Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), a technology usually seen in much more expensive motorcycles. The 155cc, SOHC, four-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor produces 19.3hp and 15Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a six-speed transmission and the new motorcycle also gets the addition of a slipper clutch. While the international-spec motorcycle sports USD fork, the R15 V3.0 sold in India gets conventional telescopic fork to keep costs low. Also, the India-spec R15 doesn’t get ABS even as an option.
Despite the slight price hike, the Yamaha R15 V3.0 still remains one of the best track-focused motorcycles you can buy on a budget. Also read, Yamaha R15 V3.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 comparison.