The much-awaited YZF-R15 version 3.0 has been finally spotted in the Indian dealerships. Yamaha has already launched the all-new R15 in many international markets except India. The all-new bike has already been spotted in India and now according to a report, the bike has started arriving at the Indian dealerships.
Yamaha India has remained tight-lipped about the launch of the upcoming bike till now. However, the report confirms that the bookings have been unofficially started at a few dealerships and the launch is expected in January 2018. The Indian version of the R15 V3 is quite different from the sold in the international markets. Yamaha has excluded a lot of features to make the bike more affordable for the market.
The Yamaha R15 V3 misses out on the upside-down front forks. From the spy pictures, we can see that the bike also misses out on the ABS too but it can be an optional feature. The 150cc bike with the missing features can cost around Rs. 1.3 lakh, which the market may feel like expensive because of its small engine capacity.
The all-new R15 also gets a new engine. It is now powered by a 155.1cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine with variable valve actuation. The engine produces a maximum power of 19.31 PS at 10,000 rpm and peak torque of 14.7 Nm at 8,500 rpm. It gets a 6-speed transmission that sends the power to the rear wheel. It also gets slipper clutch and a newly designed fairing that looks very aggressive.
The bike gets 11-litre fuel tank. There is a full LED headlamp, which is now available with many other bikes in the segment. The bike has no direct competition in India, however, it will go against the likes of KTM RC 200. The track-focused bike is expected to be launched early next year.