Yamaha YZF R15 V3, as the name suggest will mark the 3rd generation of the immensely popular sports bike in India. The bike is expected to launch in 2017, with testing already underway.
Yamaha YZF R15 – Highlights
-Yamaha R15 V3 will launch in 2017
-Not much cosmetic changes seen on the spy shots.
-Will get more power and features
Yamaha YZF R15 V3- Full Report
The Yamaha R15 is an immensely popular sportsbike in India which was launched in 2008. While the first generation bike was an equal mix of sport and comfort, the 2nd generation Yamaha YZF R15 V2 sacrificed some of that comfort for a whole lot of aggressive design. Now both bikes are available in the market (former being called R15S), but is in need of an update due to increasing local competition.
Over the last 5 years we’ve seen many colour schemes being implemented on the R15, which has kept it fresh. Even now the bike sells in satisfactory numbers, while chief competition like Honda CBr150r (now least selling in the country) and Bajaj RS200 are seen to be slipping. So the upcoming update is a way to keep up with times and in expectation of future competition.
Unlike Honda, Yamaha is very prompt in bringing new bikes to India. The twin headlamp version of the Honda CBR150R has been around for quite some time now globally, but it is still unavailable in the country. Even now the Japanese manufacturer refuses to give a clear launch plan and that too for a bike that is capable of draining Yamaha’s sales in the segent.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3- Design, Features, Power
The Yamaha R15 V2 is already a very aggressive looking sportsbike and we are not expecting any drastic changes on the version 3 (as with V1-V2). The recent spy shots also seem to tell a similar story. What we will get is new features and bump up in power.
Most of the new features of the Yamaha YZF R15 V3 will be lifted from the M-Slaz naked streetfighter. These include USD forks, LED headlamps and fully digital instrument console with full negative display & LED backlit. The Deltabox frame will remain but should get minor tweaks.
Powering the bike will be the same 150cc, single cylinder SOHC mill doing duty on the current gen bike, but will be tuned higher. But unfortunately nothing above 20bhp is expected. Transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed gearbox.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3- Price in India
|Expected price||Rs. 1.2 Lakhs|
Yamaha YZF R15 V3- Launch Date
|Expected launch date||Early 2017|