Yamaha R15 v3.0 was first showcased in Indonesia in January 2017. Before the entry-level sports motorbike from the Japanese brand comes to India, it has been showcased at Vietnam Motorbike Show. The new R-15 has been a given an array of renovations from cosmetic to mechanical. The new design is much sportier, and the engine has been equipped with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, which Yamaha say helps provide better grunt at low engine speeds. The R15 v3.0 will come with a new 155cc liquid cooled engine that produces 17 bhp and 14.7 Nm, and is paired to a six-speed gearbox. As per the business, the engine of the upcoming motorbike will get forged piston and DiASil (Die-cast Aluminum Silicon) cylinder that is said to be more durable while being lightweight over a cylinder that used conventional methods. The new model will also be more fuel efficient compared to the outgoing motorcycle.
The 2017 R15 will receive a number of visual changes which include a slimmer set of LED headlights as well as LED tail lamps, along with a fully digital instrument cluster, rev limiter light and gear position indicator. The fuel tank in the 2017 R15 gets 11-litre capacity, lower by one litre. Colour options include Matte Black, Racing Blue and Matte Red. Although, there is no official word from Yamaha over the R15 v3.0 launching in India, it is speculated to be introduced in the country by the end of this year owing to the previous model’s success and popularity in the country. When launched, the 2017 R15 will go up against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and TVS Apache RTR 200. It is expected to be priced around Rs.1.30 lakh (ex-showroom).