Yamaha has now launched the MT-15 in India at Rs 1.36 lakh. The naked offering will compete against the likes of the KTM 125 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.
After teasing us for weeks, Yamaha has now launched the much-awaited MT-15 street fighter in India. Essentially a R15 in a naked body, the MT-15 is priced at Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), and it'll lock horns with the likes of the KTM 125 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 and Bajaj Pulsar NS200.
The design of the MT-15 is of a typical Yamaha roadster, meaning it's one lithe and mean looking machine. The Alien-face headlamps, hunkered-down handlebar and its petite. dimensions give it an aggressive instance, and for this aspect alone, expect it to find many takers.
On the mechanical front, the MT-15 is identical to its full-faired sibling, meaning it gets the same liquid-cooled 155cc single-cylinder engine. The motor is rated at 19bhp and develops 15Nm of torque. And it also gets variable valve actuation (VVA) system for better high-end performance. The engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox and also gets a slipper clutch. Like the R15, the India-spec MT-15 misses out on upside down forks and features a conventional telescopic setup at the front. The rear wheel gets a monoshock. Braking duties are carried out by disc brakes on both wheels. Single-channel ABS is standard fitment.
Just like the YZF-R15, the MT-15 too is based on the Deltabox frame. This should give the naked offering the kind of agility that we've loved on the R15. We are riding the Yamaha MT-15 at the Buddh International Circuit, stay tuned for a detailed review.