• The YZF R15 3.0 spied in India.
    The YZF R15 3.0 spied in India.
  • The R15 V 3.0 finished in red.
    The R15 V 3.0 finished in red.
  • The new digital instrument cluster.
    The new digital instrument cluster.
  • The international-spec bike.
    The international-spec bike.
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Yamaha YZF R15 v3.0 spied in India

2nd Nov 2017 4:00 pm

Upcoming India-spec sports bike spotted testing with conventional front forks and MRF tyres.

Yamaha had unveiled its R15 v3.0 in Indonesia back in January 2017. At the time, we were pleased to tell you how the motorcycle had some first-in-segment features. However, a test bike of the R15 v3.0 has now been spotted in India and it appears to come with different specifications.

The new R15 v3.0 is running conventional front forks instead of the more premium upside-down ones seen on the international-spec bike. The bike spied was also using MRF tyres and not the IRC ones seen on the Indonesian-spec bike. The spy image also clearly shows that the bike lacks ABS, but so does the international model. This tells us that Yamaha is most likely going to launch the motorcycle before April 2018, because, according to the upcoming regulations, it is mandatory for manufacturers to equip all bike models above 125cc with ABS, for the launches planned on or after April 1, 2018. Existing models will, however, have a deadline of April 1, 2019, to get equipped with the feature.

In the spy shot, the new bike’s engine appears to be different to that of the current R15. This means that we are likely to get the new 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine from the international spec bike. However, this motor features Yamaha's Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system which helps it make 19.3hp and 14.7Nm of torque. Now, as we've seen in other parts of the test bike, Yamaha is working towards keeping costs down and VVA will certainly add to the price. It is possible that India might get a simpler valve timing system that may see slightly lower power figures, but will result in a more competitive price. The same goes for the slipper clutch offered with the international bike. We expect to know more as the launch date nears.

What we will get is the new styling, which is in line with the previous-generation YZF-R6. The front fascia is entirely new and features angular LED headlamp units separated by a central vent. The fairings have also been tweaked, with the fuel tank now at 11 litres as against the v2.0’s 12 litres. And, unlike its predecessor that had an analogue tachometer, the v3.0's instrument cluster is now fully digital.

Expect the Yamaha YZF R15 v3.0 to be priced slightly higher than the v2.0, which currently sells for Rs 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

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