Yamaha launched the YZF-R15 in India way back in 2009. Since then, the small capacity motorcycle has gained a lot of popularity in the market. The R15’s looks which are inspired from the superbike flagship, YZF-R1 and its frugal 149cc engine made the Yamaha R15 one of its kind motorcycle in the market. The Japanese manufacturer is now working on the version 3.0 of the motorcycle and the new motorcycle has been spied for the first time ever.
The new motorcycle that has been spied in Indonesia will also make its way to the Indian market. The Yamaha YZF-R15 version 3.0 is much sleeker than the current version. The motorcycle also looks way more aggressive than the current model. The version of R15 will be an all-new motorcycle and unlike version 2.0, it would not be a facelift model.
The new R15 will get an all-new front with slimmer twin headlamps with an opening in between for the ram air technology. It is similar to the bigger motorcycles like the R6 and the R1. The fairing of the new R15 has been updated significantly too. The fairing now consists of more layers and look way more aggressive than the current one.
At the rear, the new R15 will get sleeker and more compact tail lamp unit. In a major update, the new R15 will also get Upside down forks, (USD) and fully-digital instrument cluster, similar to the upcoming KTM RC 390. The new R15 will also get ABS as an optional feature. The motorcycle will retain the 149cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine. The power may be bumped up a bit but the engine specifications are not out yet and we are not sure about the revised power. Following the stricter emission norms, the new engine will be BS-IV complaint.
Currently, the R15 is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The new model will get a slight price rise because of the additional features. The motorcycle will compete against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200, KTM RC 200 etc.
Spy pic source: M-Slaz