Yamaha will launch a Monster Energy MotoGP edition of the YZF-R15 V3.0 within the next two months. We believe that this will look similar to the R125 MotoGP edition that was recently made its debut in the United Kingdom.
This won’t be the first time the Yamaha R15 V3.0 will get a MotoGP edition, as we saw last year’s model get a limited run-MotoGP edition back in August 2018. While the motorcycle remains the same in 2019, the MotoGP branding has changed with Monster Energy becoming the title sponsor for the Yamaha MotoGP team and customers will soon be able to get the R15 in the latest 2019 GP colours.
The upcoming model, will feature Monster Energy graphics and lot more black instead of blue on the bodywork, like the UK-spec R125 and MotoGP bikes of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.
The India-spec model will also miss out on other most of the sponsor decals seen on the GP race bike, aside of the lead sponsor (Monster Energy) and Eneos, similar to the UK-spec R125. The Indian R15 MotoGP edition will continue to be identical to the standard V3.0 sold in India and it will miss out on the USD fork and Y-spoke alloy wheels the R15 uses. It’ll instead use the conventional fork and the differently-styled wheels that the India-spec model currently uses.
Powering the 2019 MotoGP edition will be the same 155cc, SOHC, four-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected motor produces 19.3hp and 15Nm of peak torque and also features Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). The engine is paired to a six-speed transmission and the motorcycle also gets a slipper clutch.
The 2018 MotoGP edition of the R15 V3.0 was priced at a premium of Rs 3,000 over the standard model, we can expect a similar hike on the upcoming Monster Energy MotoGP edition. This means, it’ll most likely be priced at around Rs 1.42 lakh, as the current price for the bike is Rs 1.39 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).
What remains to be seen is whether the company will launch this model as a limited run or for a limited time period. Last year’s Yamaha R15 V3.0 MotoGP edition was limited to 5000 units and it sold out quite quickly.
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