Yamaha has been highly successful with the R15 for the Indian market. This first-gen was a runaway success and the second-gen also got good response. The Japanese bike maker has unveiled the Yamaha R15 V3 in Indonesia, earlier this year and it is preparing for a launch soon. The Yamaha FZ25 was recently launched. There are rumours that Yamaha will showcase the bike at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Yamaha brand is looking at adding more bikes to its portfolio.
The R15 has defined the company’s image. This is a highly affordable bike that is quick. It does get all the features that you are looking for, it is quicker than bikes that are bigger in engine capacity and still offer good enough performance on it. The new bike is quicker. It has the same engine capacity, but there has been an increase in its power output and torque too. Yamaha has built this bike on the Deltabox frame and the styling now resemblances the bigger Yamahas. What does this new bike have on offer? What kind of features will it get? We share all the details.
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Yamaha R15 V3 Price in India
|Variant||Expected Price (on-road)|
|Expected lower price||₹ 1.5 lakhs|
|Expected higher price||₹1.6 lakhs|
Yamaha’s 155cc bike will cost more than the FZ25. There are many more bells and whistles offered on this bike and is also one that targets biking enthusiasts. The suspension set-up, quality of materials and even the features on offer will be a lot more than most of the 150-250cc bikes. In terms of performance, this bike could compete with 250cc bikes as well. Hence, we expect the R15 V3 to cost in the range of Rs 1.5 lakhs to Rs 1.6 lakhs. ABS will not be on offer initially, but it shall be added later, once the new norms come in.
Yamaha R15 V3 Release Date in India
The bike will be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Yamaha will look at launching this new bike in a couple of months after that. A mid-2018 launch is what is expected. This new bike will once again revive the sales of the R15, which has lately seen a dip in numbers. The new bike will be launched by March 2018.
Yamaha R15 V3.0 Design
The V3 uses the R- Series Design and hence gets a different look altogether. This makes it look bigger, bold and stylish than ever. There is the split headlamp design with a tiny nose. A large windshield is seen here and headlamps have LED lamps along with daytime running LEDs. Wing mirrors have grown in size and license plate location is tad high. In images the bike looks big and mighty, in reality it does sit low.
The fuel tank has sharp lines and has a chiseled look. The side indicators are located on a lower point.It gets chunky body cladding at the sides. The seat is stepped one and rear has been raised. The tail lamps also have LEDs and the alloy wheels are body coloured. There are several new colour schemes, but the overall paints are the same. It is the livery that has changed on the new-gen bike. This will help to differentiate it with ease. Fully digital instrument cluster is being offered. There is gear shift indicator and there is light to for the shift.
Yamaha R15 V3 Dimensions
|Yamaha R15 V3 Dimensions|
|Wet Weight||137 kg|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
New Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Key Features
The Delta box frame, slipper clutch and even the new front fairing add on to the better efficiency of the new R15 V3.0. Yamaha shall be offering a range of new features on the bike and this will be one of the major talking points. Yamaha will be offering LEDs in tail lamp and even head lamp. There shall be a bunch of features on offer too. There is also the fully Digital instrument cluster
- Daytime running LEDs
- New body panels
- Digital instrument console with display and LED backlight
- Front telescopic suspension
- Tail lamp LEDs
- Slipper clutch
- Multi-valve engine
- Drive by Wire
- Twin headlamp
- 17-inch wheels
- LED headlamp
- LED tail lamp
- Digital Instrument Cluster
- Monoshock rear suspension
- Wider tyres
Yamaha R15 V3 Specifications
|Power||[email protected] 10,000rpm|
|Torque||[email protected] 8,500 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||58 x 58.7mm|
This 155cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine develops 19bhp of power and 14.7Nm of maximum torque. It comes with drive-by-wire technology and variable valve actuation. This is what makes the difference in performance of the engine. The engine will come mated to a six-speed gearbox. All these add on to the ability of the engine to perform better. It will be much improved over the outgoing model.
There will be an increase in its performance for daily riding and even outright drag race. The gearbox is the same, however it has been tweaked to match with the engine’s performance. There shall be assist and slipper clutch on offer but the ABS will be missing on this new bike. Next year when ABS will be mandatory for bikes above 125cc, Yamaha will have no option but to offer one.
Brakes and Suspension
|Front Suspension||Telescopic forks|
|Front Tyre||100 / 80R17M|
|Rear Tyre||140 / 70R17M|
|Front Brake||Disc brake|
|Rear Brake||Disc brake|
It was believed that the bike will get inverted forks at the front, however, in order to keep costs low, Yamaha will be going in for regular telescopic forks for the Indian spec version. The rear will have a monoshock. This was the same set-up for the outgoing bike too. The suspension will be tuned better this time. The ride quality is likely to be improved on the new bike. The tyre width has been increased as the tyre now has a track of 100, while the rear gets 140. This will offer better grip as well.
Yamaha R15 V3 Top Speed
The top speed of this new bike should be in the range of 150km/hr. More focus has been laid on improving the in-gear acceleration and outperformance, so lesser emphasis is laid on top speed. Hence, there shall be no change in the top speed. The new V3 will have almost the same top speed like before. The top speed on the previous bike was 145km/hr.
Yamaha R15 V3.0 Mileage
In terms of mileage, there will not be much of a change. The engine has seen an improvement in power and chassis has become a tad lighter. So, the performance will improve but the mileage should be similar. In city, it should return about 40km/l and it goes to about 49km/l on the highway.
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There will be no change in the colours on offer. But the difference will on the colour livery. The design, the pattern shall be new. So the new bike will have the same colours in a new skin. There shall be the same three colours on offer.
- Matte Black
- Matte Red
- Racing Blue
Yamaha R15 V3 vs V2
There is an a major difference amongst the two in offering. The Yamaha R15 V3 has a new chassis, updated engine, more power and better features. In terms of looks, it resembles the R6 to some extent. This is the company’s all new bike for the Indian market too. R15 V3 looks more aggressive than V2. There will be a major difference in the styling, engine tuning and even the comfort. The new bike has better performance, handling and even an improvement in its ride handling, especially for the rear passenger.