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Yamaha launched the new R15 V3.0 in India at the Auto Expo 2018. The R15 V3.0 has been one of the most anticipated bikes in the Indian market. The new third-gen R15 comes with several updates to the design and mechanical components which makes it even sportier.
The Yamaha R15 was one of the bikes in India which offers performance, sporty riding dynamics and more importantly, it comes at an affordable price tag. So, what has changed in the third-gen avatar of the Yamaha R15 V3.0? Let's find out in this comparison between Yamaha R15 V3.0 and R15 V2.0 on design, specifications, features and price.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 features a sharper and aggressive design and gets few modern design elements such as split-LED headlamps and redesigned windscreen. The new fairing design and muscular fuel tank add to the sporty look of the motorcycle.
The tail section of the new Yamaha R15 V3.0 features a newly designed LED tail light, tapered rear cowl, a small rear tyre hugger and tail-tidy design. The side panels, frame and the new exhaust muffler are blacked out. Overall, the new R15 V3.0 looks sleek and sharp with its new design elements.
The Yamaha R15 V2.0 also features a sharp design with a dual headlamp setup. The overall design of the fairing also remains almost the same with cuts and creases for aerodynamics. The sculpted fuel tank adds to the looks of the bike with knee recesses to tuck your knees.
The rear section of the Yamaha R15 V2.0 gets a LED tail lamp, tail-tidy design for number plate holder, a rear tyre hugger and a stepped-up pillion seat. The blacked out side panels, engine and exhaust muffler adds to the aggressive look of the R15 V2.0.
Overall Design Rating
Yamaha R15 V3.0: 8/10
Yamaha R15 V2.0: 7/10
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 comes loaded with a host of features such as LED headlights, LED tail light, clip-on handlebars and all-new fully-digital instrument cluster. Another prominent feature of the new R15 V3.0 is the slipper clutch for smooth downshifts. Yamaha has also incorporated Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) to deliver good low and mid-range torque.
The bike gets telescopic forks up front and monoshock at the rear. Breaking duties are handled by disc brakes at both the ends.
On the other hand, the Yamaha R15 V2.0 gets dual headlamp at the front, LED tail light, clip-on handlebars and digital-analogue instrument cluster. The motorcycle is equipped with telescopic forks up front and monoshock suspension setup at the rear. The bike gets disc brakes at both the ends.
Overall Features Rating
Yamaha R15 V3.0: 9/10
Yamaha R15 V2.0: 7/10
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 draws power from an all-new 155cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled fuel injected engine producing 19.03bhp and 15Nm of peak torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox.
Powering the Yamaha R15 V2.0 is a 149cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine producing 16.7bhp and 15Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Overall Engine Rating
Yamaha R15 V3.0: 9/10
Yamaha R15 V2.0: 8/10
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 is launched in India with a price tag of Rs 1.25 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The Yamaha R15 V2.0 is priced at Rs 1.18.883 ex-showroom (Delhi). The r15 V3.0 is dearer by Rs 6,000, and the premium features and new styling justifies the increased price tag of R15 V3.0.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 sports an all-new engine and sportier and aggressive styling which makes it the most affordable fully-faired performance motorcycle in the country. The new R15 V3.0 is a perfect blend of performance, practicality of a commuter and sporty riding dynamics.
The Yamaha R15 V2.0 is equally capable as the R15 V3.0 but misses out on certain features such as slipper clutch and fully-digital instrument cluster. With a smaller 149cc engine the performance is also hampered. Overall, the new R15 V3.0 is a worthy upgrade from the R15 V2.0 with its new design elements and improved performance.