Here is one more spyshot of the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0, caught testing in India. The latest spyshot shows many details of the new bike, and also tell us about how different the Indian version will be compared to the international model. The official launch of the bike is expected to happen at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The new bike is expected to be priced similar to the current R15 V2.0.
With the R15 V3.0, Yamaha seems to be on a tight budget. For example, the front forks that are upside down in the global version are replaced with cheaper, telescopic ones for India. The same is the case with the tyres, which are cheaper MRF Zappers.
The aluminium pillion footpeg assembly is replaced with a steel one on the Indian model. Brakes look similar to the ones on the Indonesian model and so does the fairing. So styling will be similar at both the front and the rear. The engine is also expected to get an update. The V3.0 could get a new 155cc four stroke engine.
This engine will make more power and torque than the 150cc engine it replaces. Peak power is rated at 19.2 Bhp and peak torque at 14.5 Nm. The 6 speed manual gearbox will be retained. Changes in the instrument cluster are also expected and more details will be known in the coming days.
ABS will not be offered even as an option as Yamaha does not do so on this bike even internationally. However, if the company launches the R15 V3.0 in India after April 2018, it will have to mandatorily offer ABS as it’s government mandated. Since there is no ABS on the bike, it appears that Yamaha will launch the bike before April 2018. This will give the bikemaker an additional time of one more year to add ABS.
Spyshot courtesy BikeAdvice