Yamaha is now working the YZF-R15 version 3.0, and the motorcycle has been caught many times testing on the Indian soil. The version 3.0 of R15 will be much more aggressive in appearance. Here is a render based on the spy pictures done by Julak Sendie Design.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 created some big ripples in the Indian market. The motorcycle, first launched in 2008, and inspired by the company’s flagship motorcycle, the YZF-R1, captured a lot of young minds in the market. The bold design of the bike along with the accomplished handling and a very frugal 150cc engine, the R15 became of the most desired motorcycles for the Indian youths. Yamaha launched the YZF-R15 version 2.0 with thicker tyre and little styling changes to the fairing. Yamaha launched the YZF-R15 version 2.0 with thicker tyre and little styling changes to the fairing.
The new YZF-R15 3.0 will get an all-new fairing design that will be similar to the Yamaha YZF-R3. At the front, the motorcycle will receive a distinctive new look with a pair of sleek LED headlamps. There is a triangular gap between the split headlights that forms the opening of ram air technology, which is inspired by the likes of R6 and the R1. We are not sure if the motorcycle will feature ram air as of now.
Other noticeable changes include a new front mudguard, refreshed rearview mirrors, sleeker turn indicators. The windscreen becomes smaller but wider as compared to the R15 version 2.0. The new motorcycle also gets a new swing, new LED tail lamp bracket that now extends even more than the R15 version 2.0, while the license plate holder has been redesigned. The split. There will be a new exhaust canister with an aluminium finished tip.
The new YZF-R15 version 3.0 will also feature Upside Down Forks (USD) at the front and a fully digital instrument cluster similar to the upcoming KTM 390 Duke. The motorcycle will be built around the Deltabox frame, that gives the motorcycle perfect balance around the corners.
Engine-wise, the new R15 is said to be powered by a new 150cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that will get better power distribution through the engine range with Variable Valve Technology (VVA). With the new engine, Yamaha is expected to launch BS IV compliant engine.There will be ABS as an option along with AHO (Always Headlamp On) feature.
When will it come?
Yamaha is preparing the motorcycle pretty quick, and by the mid of this year, we will be able to see the motorcycle officially in the market. The price will hover around Rs. 1.3 lakh, ex-showroom. The motorcycle will compete against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and KTM RC200.
Source: Julak Sendie