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Yamaha at Auto Expo 2018. Like for most manufacturers, the Indian Auto Expo 2018 is an important event for Yamaha Motorcycles India as well and as expected, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer had a slew of launches unveils and showcases.
Here are the two-wheelers at the Yamaha Pavillion at the Auto Expo 2018.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 was undoubtedly the biggest name at the Yamaha stall, with the third-generation model making its debut at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Yamaha launched the fully-faired, low capacity sports bike at the Auto Expo 2018 at a price of Rs 1.25 Lakh.
Throughout all the days of the Auto Expo, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 kept drawing crowds, and could easily be called the star attraction for Yamaha. The motorcycle features a brand new design inspired by its more powerful siblings - the YZF-R1 and the YZF-R6.
The front end features a sleeker and sharper-looking tail-lamp with a new fairing which Yamaha claims to improve air flow. The rear end too is new, with the R15 receiving a new tail-lamp and a completely redesigned rear section.
The YZF-R15 V3.0 is now powered by a new liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 155cc engine with a maximum power output of 19.03bhp and a peak torque output of 15Nm. A six-speed gearbox assisted by a slipper-clutch drives the rear wheel.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 can now be availed at Yamaha dealerships across the country.
Yamaha also re-launched the 2018 YZF-R3 at the Indian Auto Expo 2018. Bollywood superstar John Abraham was present at the Yamaha pavillion to take the wraps off the performance motorcycle.
The motorcycle was taken out of the Indian market due to its engine not meeting BS4 emission norms which were brought into play last year. Now, the parallel-twin engine is BS4 compliant and the motorcycle also comes with several updates like a dual-channel ABS system as standard, which was missing earlier.
Making the already capable motorcycle more potent are the sticky tyres from Metzeler which are now provided as standard fitment on the motorcycle. It is powered by the same 321cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with a maximum power output of 41.4bhp and a peak torque output of 29.6Nm.
The Yamaha MT-09 was launched in the Indian market last year, but made its public debut at the Indian Auto Expo 2018. The high-performance naked motorcycle was showcased at the Auto Expo in a Matte Dark Gray shade.
The Yamaha MT-09 is powered by an 847cc, three-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 113.4bhp at 10,000rpm and a peak torque output of 87.5Nm at 8,500rpm. The motorcycle competes in the premium 700-900cc segment in India.
No auto show would be complete without Yamaha showcasing its best - the flagship Yamaha R1. The Yamaha YZF-R1 is a thoroughbred superbike powered by a four-cylinder, 998cc engine with a maximum power output of 197.3bhp and a peak torque output of 112.4Nm.
0-100km/h is done and dusted in just under 2.3 seconds and the motorcycle is capable of touching an electronically limited top speed of 299km/h.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is a strong mid-weight contender when performance and looks is considered. Though the Yamaha R6 is not on sale in the Indian market, Yamaha displayed the motorcycle at the Indian Auto Expo 2018 to show off its prowess in building high-performance motorcycles.
The Yamaha R6 is powered by a four-cylinder, 599cc engine with a maximum power output of 117bhp and a peak torque output of 61Nm. A six-speed gearbox transmits power to the rear wheel. The motorcycle is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in under 3.2 seconds and top speed is set at 262km/h.
Yamaha FZ and Fazer
Yamaha also had on display, its FZ and Fazer lineup, which is already on sale in India. Yamaha had displayed both, the 150cc and 250cc variants of the naked street motorcycles.
Yamaha Motoroid Concept
What is an auto show without a concept motorcycle? Well, Yamaha had something special this year for motorcycle enthusiasts - a motorcycle concept from the future. The Yamaha Motoroid concept looks like it was taken straight from a sci-fi movie and was first revealed at the Tokyo Auto Show last year.
The same self-balancing motorcycle was showcased at the Indian Auto Expo 2018 and it wowed crowds. Cameras allow the motorcycle to operate autonomously. More technical details of the motorcycle are not available at the moment, but this could be one of the first baby steps towards achieving autonomy on motorcycles.
Yamaha also had on display the Fascino, which is considered by the Japanese manufacturer to be its style icon in India. The Fascino was displayed in a variety of colours and different finishes including glossy, matte and chrome colours. Yamaha also held fashion parades at its pavillion under the Fascino brand name.
The Yamaha Fascino is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder, 113cc engine with a power output of 7bhp and a peak torque output of 8.1Nm. A CVT gearbox drives the rear wheel.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On Yamaha Bikes And Scooters At Auto Expo 2018
Yamaha always gives its best shot when it comes to the motorcycles the company builds and the performance built into them. The motorcycles and scooters on display at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo were the perfect example for that.Right from the concepts to the performance bikes and production models, Yamaha had motorcycling enthusiasts swooning over the machines at their pavillion.