Yamaha will launch the MT-15 naked motorcycle in the country on March 15, 2019. Bookings for the bike are open unofficially at select dealerships for a token of Rs 5,000, while deliveries are likely to start from April onwards. The MT-15 is primarily a naked streetfighter version of the extremely popular Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0. The bike was spied testing in India for the first time in January. While the India-bound model will be 55mm longer and 5 mm higher than the international model, the wheelbase and width will remain unchanged at 800 mm and 1,335 mm respectively.
In terms of styling, the Yamaha MT-15 takes cues from its elder sibling, MT-09. Most of the changes have been made to the front which features a new bug-eyed LED projector headlight and a new digitalized instrument cluster in front. The fuel tank has also been restyled in tandem with rest of the models in the MT family. It not just gets extended scoops, but also comes with Deltabox frame.
Power on the India-spec model will come from a 155.1 cc liquid-cooled engine with VVA (variable valve actuation). Transmission duties will be handled by a six-speed gearbox. In terms of power, the 155.1 cc liquid cooled engine will make top power of 19.04 bhp along with peak torque of 14.7 Nm. It will also feature a segment first slipper clutch.
As compared to the global model, the India-spec Yamaha MT-15 misses out on the cast aluminium swingarm, instead it gets the box-type unit. While the upside-down forks have been left out for the telescopic units and it also gets a linkage-type adjustable mono-shock at the back. It runs on the 17-inch alloy wheels and MRZ Revs tyres have been borrowed from the Yamaha R15 V3.0.