Following the launch of the Yamaha R15 V2 a few years ago, the brand quickly reworked the R15 V1 by adding a more comfortable seat and launched it as the R15S. And now, it seems that history is repeating itself.
Just yesterday, we reported that the newly launched Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 and the R15 M have received a price hike. The motorcycles, which were already on the expensive end of the segment, have become even more expensive.
Now, the Japanese two-wheeler maker has introduced a more affordable version of the R15 called the YZF-R15S V3. As the name suggests, the motorcycle is based on the R15 V3 model.
The motorcycle gets the same styling and mechanicals as the older YZF-R15 V3. A 155cc single-cylinder engine powers the new R15S V3, which is marked at 18.34bhp (0.3bhp more than the YZF-R15 V4) at 10,000rpm and 14.1Nm at 8,500rpm. Its gearbox is a six-speed unit with a slipper clutch. The instrument cluster on offer is an all-digital LCD unit but with an old design, unlike that of the R15 V4.
One key change to the bike is the single-piece banana seat. The YZF-R15 V3 was sold with a split seat configuration, but the R15S V3 gets a unibody seat, which is likely to be more comfortable.
The price of the new Yamaha YZF-R15S V3 is Rs 1.57 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 13,000 less than the most affordable Yamaha YZF-R15 V4, which is priced at Rs 1.70 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Yamaha YZF-R15S V3 is an intriguing package, which offers more power and comfort for the price it demands. However, one should keep in mind that the 155cc Japanese supersport has already reached the next-generation level with more tech and uprated parts, which are absent in the new R15S V3.