Yamaha launched the R15 back in 2008 and since then its has gained a lot of fans for its high end specs and performance. The R15 had only one life cycle update in September 2011 and since then there had been no updates in it. The Company made the global debut of R15 V.3 in Indonesia few months back on the Sentul International Race Track. and since then it has been in buzz and now Yamaha set to launch R15 v.3 in India by January, 2018 with a expected price tag between 1.15 -1.20 lacs.
The new updated R.15 is very upmarket and looks bulky with its new fairing. The new bike is launched with few new features like Slipper Clutch, ABS and Up-side Down (USD) forks in international market, however, the Indian version is expected to miss all these features. The price in international market is 1.7 and Yamaha wants to keep the price around 1.2 by downgrading the bike. The Bike will be offered in three shades – Racing Blue, Matte Black and Matte red.
Without any doubt, the R15 V.3 is really a masterpiece and is heavily upmarket. It borrows few cues from R1 and R6. The R15 V.3 looks bulky and edgy. The front fairing is more like of R1 which looks well designed and aggressive with those edgy lines running through headlamps. Yamaha has made all way around to make it aerodynamic with its rounded visor and make it look like a super sports bike. The LED headlamps clearly resembles from R6 which is more practical and great looking.
Basically, its gives you a premium super sports bike. The R15 will directly lock horns with Suzuki Gixxer, Honda CBR150 (an updated one is expected soon), Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and the upcoming TVS Apache RR310.
The Engine remains the same Single cylinder, fuel-injection with liquid cool, however, R15 V2 houses 149 CC and R15 V3 houses 155 CC engine. The Maximum power is now 19.31 PS @ 10,000 RPM and delivers maximum torque of 14.7 Nm with a top speed of 135 KMPH, the transmission remains same 6-speed manual.
Overall the bike is a perfect super sports bike in entry level. But until it runs through India road, the performance in real time can’t be judged as the Indian version R15 v.3 is expected to be heavily downgraded in order to match the price tag around 1.20. The bike has all the characteristics to become a favorite one like its elder R15 v.2 which later left behind in the market due to delay in the upgrade and now Yamaha set to launch R15 v.3 in India by January, 2018