The much-awaited Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year. Yamaha has added three new colours to the bike but it is available only in the Indonesian market. The new colours are yellow, black and blue and black.
Yamaha launched the R15 V3 in India after a long wait. The new 2018 edition of the bike also gets new body graphics. There are no such changes planned for the Indian version of the bike. Currently, Yamaha offers only two colours in the Indian market. More colours are expected to be added to the bike’s portfolio at a later time. The body graphics of the newly updated R15 are also different and is made up of solid lines. It adds a very dynamic feel to the bike.
The Japanese automaker has made a few changes to the motorcycle to make it more pocket-friendly in the price-sensitive Indian market. The bike misses out on features like Upside Down Forks, aluminium foot pegs and Metzeler tyres but gets the all-new engine and other features.
The Yamaha R15 V3 is powered by the new 155-cc, four-stroke engine that is the same as the international model. The engine gets Yamaha’s variable valve timing and produces a maximum power of 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 14.7 Nm at 8,500 rpm. The high revving engine gets four-valve heads and runs a single overhead camshaft and the fuel is delivered through an injection system. It gets a 6-speed transmission. The new R15 V3 is the quickest bike in the segment and is the most powerful too.
Standard features also include a slipper clutch that reduces the effort required to change gears. The bike gets dual headlamp with LED lamps and even the tail lamps get LED bulbs. The bike gets a telescopic front suspension and a rear monoshock. Both the wheels get disc brakes but the ABS is missing. The Yamaha R15 V3 is priced at Rs. 1.25 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.