Yamaha has launched the new YZF-R15 V3.0 in India at Rs 1.25 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) at the Auto Expo 2018. The new R15 V3.0 sports a new look with the redesigned front end and rear section. The new R15 also gets an all-new engine and few additional features which make it a power-packed entry-level fully-faired bike in India. So, what has changed in the new R15 V3.0? Let's find out in this first look review of the new Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Design
The new Yamaha R15 V3.0 sports an all-new design inspired from its elder sibling, the R1. The first thing you notice is the striking front end with all-new LED lights and aerodynamic front cowl with air vent. The large windscreen and new stylish rear view mirrors give a menacing look to the motorcycle. The dual-tone colours also enhance the aggressive stance of the motorcycle.
The new R15 V3.0 also gets a new front fairing which now features cuts and creases for aerodynamics. The fairing seamlessly integrates with the fuel tank giving a neat look to the motorcycle. The fuel tank is muscular with gills and knee recesses to tuck your knees for spirited riding. The side panels finished in black colour adds to the looks of the new R15 V3.0.
The tail section of the new R15 V3.0 has been revamped for a sharp and edgy look. The LED tail light is sleek, and the tapered rear cowl renders a track bike look to the 150cc machine. The rear end also sports a new tyre hugger for a sporty look. The sporty step-up split seats give a proper track bike feel. The exhaust is also new with a faux carbon-fibre finish which enhances the premium feel of the motorcycle.
YamahaYZF-R15 V3.0 Fact Sheet
|Price||Rs 1.25 lakh|
|Engine Type||liquid-cooled, single-cylinder|
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Engine Details
The new Yamaha YZF-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 comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle also gets a slipper clutch for smooth downshifts. Yamaha has also introduced the Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) for low-end as well as high-end torque. The tried and tested deltabox frame aids in superior handling.
Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Features
The newly launched Yamaha R15 V3.0 is loaded with features such as all-new aerodynamic twin-LED headlamp, new LED tail light, fully-digital instrument cluster with shift light, VVA indicator and a connector for USB charging and clip-on handlebars. The motorcycle also gets a wide rear tyre for enhanced rear grip.
The new R15 V3.0 is equipped with telescopic forks up front and monoshock suspension setup at the rear. Braking duties are handled by 282mm disc at the front and 220mm disc at the rear. The motorcycle also gets sporty alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. The only thing missing is the ABS, which could have made the new R15 a solid package.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 Rivals
Currently, the entry-level fully-faired motorcycle segment does not many bikes in the Indian market. With the Honda CBR 150R discontinued in India, the only rival for the Yamaha R15 V3.0 is the Suzuki Gixxer SF. But the Gixxer SF comes with ABS, and it is also much cheaper than the R15 V3.0.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0
The new Yamaha R15 V3.0 has received a significant amount of updates as compared to the outgoing model. But the India-spec model misses out on USD front forks and ABS which could have made the R15 V3.0 even appealing. But with the new styling and enhanced power output, the R15 still wins the battle in the fully-faired entry-level segment.