Yamaha Motor India has hiked prices of the recently launched R15 Version 3.0 sportsbike. Prices have been hiked by Rs. 2,000, which is over 1.5 % of the motorcycle’s original launch price: Rs. 1.25 lakhs. The new price of the Yamaha R15 V3.0 is Rs. 1.27 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi. It’s not clear as to why Yamaha has hiked prices of the latest R15 as the two wheeler giant has not indicated a reason behind the hike.
The Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 was launched in India during the 2018 Indian Auto Expo in February this year. The motorcycle represents the third generation of the R15 range in India, and is fully built here with heavy localization. The motorcycle is similar to the global version sold in many parts of South East Asia but has many India-specific bits to keep prices low.
Some such features include telescopic front forks on the Indian version in lieu of upside down front forks offered on the international version, and omission of ABS. The motorcycle does get a new 155cc, four stroke engine equipped with Yamaha’s variable valve timing. Power and torque outputs have been boosted to 19.3 PS of peak power at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard and so is a slipper clutch.
The engine gets liquid cooling, a single overhead camshaft and a four valve head. A monoshock rear suspension is offered on the motorcycle, and is adjustable for pre-load. As for other key features on the motorcycle, there is a total stylistic revision with LED headlamps as standard, a totally revamped Deltabox frame, a new 140 section rear tyre with hugger, a new exhaust, and also a new instrument cluster that is fully digital. The cluster reads out gear position, shift light and average speed. Yamaha is planning to launch a special edition version of the R15 V3.0 soon. It’ll have MotoGP-inspired graphics, and is expected to be priced at a premium over the regular version.
Here is our video review of the bike