Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha unveiled its small capacity sports bike, the R15 V3.0 in Indonesia. The first model of R15 was launched in 2008 and this is the first time the motorcycle is getting a major update in terms of both design and mechanical.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 was unveiled by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi and young Spaniard Maverick Vinales. The price of the new model was not revealed at the launch event and more details are expected from the manufacturer next month.
Yamaha India will launch the 2017 R15 in the country this year, most likely at the end of second quarter. Powering the model is a new 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and an assist slipper clutch.
The motor in the R15 V3.0 is capable of producing 19bhp of power at 10,000rpm and 14.7Nm of peak torque at 8,500rpm. The engine is based on the same R15 V2.0 unit but now the bore and stroke stand at 58mm and 58.7mm. Yamaha also increased the compression ratio from 11.6:1 from 10.4:1.
The manufacturer has also added VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) which will assist in keeping fuel consumption under check. The engine will hit the rpm limit at around 12,000 - 12,200.
The R15 V3.0 measures 1,990mm in length, 725mm in width, 1,135mm in height and Yamaha also decreased the wheelbase to 1,325mm from 1,345mm which is good enough to carve the corners with ease by providing better stability. The seat has also increased from 800mm to 815mm.
For attacking the corners, the Yamaha R15 V3.0 is equipped with upside down forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. The model will also ride on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with a 100/80 section tyre at the front and a 140/70 section at the rear.
The unveiled model features new colour scheme from Yamaha, i.e, MotoGP blue edition with white and grey/white/red combo. When it hits the Indian market, the R15 V3.0 will be pitted against KTM RC200, Honda CBR150R and 250R and Bajaj Pulsar 200RS.
The current-generation Yamaha R15 V2.0 comes with a price tag of Rs 1.18 lakh in the country, But we can expect the feature-rich, more powerful and stylish R15 V3.0 to be priced at around Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 1.40 lakh ex-showroom.
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