Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 to get ABS soon in India

Yamaha is said to have begun testing the ABS equipped version of the R15 Version 3.0 sportsbike. Launched earlier  this year at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 got a host of visual, performance and feature  changes but missed out on the life-saving safety feature of ABS. Considering the fact that all motorcycles sold in  India with engine capacity above 125cc need to offer ABS as standard as per a government order, it’s just a matter of  time before the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 gets ABS. Yamaha will have to equip the R15 with ABS by April 2019. With the deadline just a few months away, expect the ABS version of the bike to launch anytime.

Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 to get ABS soon in India

It remains to be seen if Yamaha will offer a dual channel ABS on the R15 considering that a single channel ABS is all  that is mandated by law. However, dual channel ABS is a lot more effective than a single channel ABS unit and we hope that Yamaha goes the whole hog and offers the more effective but pricier option.

The ABS equipped Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 is expected to get pricier by at least Rs. 8,000 to 10,000. The motorcycle could also get heavier by a couple of kilograms thanks to the extra equipment that needs to be added. Both performance and fuel efficiency are unlikely to dip due to the marginal weight increase.

The Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 is presently priced at Rs. 1.27 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The motorcycle is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder four stroke engine that gets liquid cooling, variable valve technology and fuel injection. This engine makes 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. Telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear make for suspension while both wheels get disc brakes as standard. The motorcycle features a DELTABOX frame, and is highly acclaimed for its sharp handling.

As for features, the latest generation Yamaha R15 gets LED headlamps, a 140 section rear tyre with hugger, a new exhaust, and also a new instrument cluster that is fully digital. The instrument cluster reads out gear position, shift light and average speed.

Via BikeAdvice