Yamaha has introduced a new Dark Knight paint scheme for the R15 V4 bike. As the name suggests, the updated motorcycle is now available with a matte black base colour along with some golden bits. Yamaha is charging a premium of only Rs 1,000 for this Dark Knight edition in comparison to the Metallic Red version. With this new colour option, the R15 V4 stands at Rs 1.82 lakh (Rs 1,81,900). The manufacturer continues to offer Racing Blue and Intensity White colour options, costing Rs 1.86 lakh (Rs 1,85,900) each. All prices are ex-showroom. The recently launched colour scheme is also offered with other Yamaha models as well - the R15 V3 and the FZ.
However, the Yamaha R15 V4 is unchanged in terms of its powertrain and mechanical specification. On the design front, it retains LED lighting on the headlamp & the taillamp and features the same LED DRLs. In addition, the R15 V4 gets the same LCD instrument cluster with Track and Street display modes. Bluetooth connectivity is also a part of the package.
The Yamaha R15 V4 is suspended with the help of upside-down front forks with 37mm inner tubes, thereby providing stability and improved rigidity. For the first time in 2021 in the country, Yamaha offered the R15 V4 with inverted front forks. This feature was given a miss when the brand launched the R15 V3 model in India but was available abroad.
Yamaha R15 V4 Dark Knight Edition: Powertrain
Mechanically, the Dark Knight Edition continued to be the same as before. A 155cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine powers the motorcycle, delivering 18.4bhp of power at 10,000rpm and 14.2Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. The gearbox here is a 6-speed unit. The updated model continues to have an assist and slipper clutch on offer. Other mechanical bits have been carried over as well, such as dual-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system), a quick-shifter, and a traction control system.
Yamaha R15 V4 Dark Knight Edition: Price, Competition
The new Dark Knight Edition is priced at Rs 1.82 lakh (ex-showroom), which makes it more affordable than the Racing Blue and Intensity White versions of the R15 V4. In the Indian market, the Yamaha R15 V4 rivals the likes of the KTM RC 125, the KTM RC 200, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, and the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250.
Last month, Yamaha launched the 2023 versions of the Aerox 155, the MT-15 V2, and the R15S in the Indian market. The updates include new colour options and more features. Prices of the Aerox 155, the MT-15 V2, and the R15S start at Rs 1.43 lakh, Rs 1.65 lakh, and Rs 1.63 lakh, respectively. Prices are ex-showroom.