Yamaha R15 V3.0 has been spotted testing for the first time on the Indian road. The model is already on sale in the Indonesian market and with tests being conducted in India, one can expect the launch is not too far the country.
The Yamaha R15 v3 is technically an all-new model except some of the tweaked elements from the v2. It features a sleek twin LED headlamp with Daytime Running LEDs (DRLs) upfront with an air-intake and an all-LCD instrument cluster. It misses out on upside down front forks from the Indonesian model and features conventional telescopic forks.
The new motorcycle looks to be larger than the previous version. It is about 20mm longer, 55mm wider and slightly taller than the existing model. Compared to the predecessor, the black alloy wheels come wrapped in wider MRF tyres and features larger diameter disc brakes. However, Yamaha does not offer ABS for the model.
Mechanically, the Yamaha R15 v3 features an all-new engine mechanism. It derives its power from a new 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that churns out a maximum power output of 19 bhp at 10,000 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 14.7 Nm at 8,500 revolutions per minute. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox through the slipper clutch.
The current version of the Yamaha R15 is priced at Rs. 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), so one can expect a slightly higher price for the new version.