After the FZ and FZ-S, this is the second Yamaha product to get the BS-VI update. Priced at Rs 1.45 lakh, the BS-VI iteration of the YZF-R15 is Rs 4,400 dearer than the outgoing model. Deliveries to start in two weeks
It seems manufacturers are a lot better prepared for the shift to BS-VI next year, as opposed to the shift to BS IV in April 2017. Car and bikemakers have already started controlling production of BS-IV compliant products and are gradually making the shift to BS-VI. Yamaha brought in the BS-VI compliant versions of the FZ and the FZ-S on 9th November. Now, the company has introduced a similar update to the popular YZF-R15. The entry-level sports bike has been priced at Rs 1.45 lakh – an increase of Rs 4,400 over the outgoing model.
Speaking about the launch, Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies said, “With Yamaha continuing to perk up track performances with the R series, the new YZF-R15 Version 3.0 with BS VI compliant engine and new features will be able to create optimum excitement in India in its respective category. Yamaha strived for optimum cost control for the new BS VI compliant YZF-R15 Version 3.0 and achieved to peg it around 3% higher along with new standard features, only to let the unrestrained excitement of R Series rev hearts.”
Aside from the price, there is a marginal change in the specifications too. The BS-VI compliant R15 makes marginally less power than before – 18.6bhp in comparison to 19.3bhp. Torque rating has reduced too – down from 14.7Nm to 14.1Nm. All other specifications remain unchanged. The engine continues to be paired to a 6-speed transmission.
To give customers better value for the increased cost of the R15, Yamaha will now offer a side-stand engine cut-off feature, dual horn and a radial tubeless tyre at the back. Additionally, the Japanese brand has also fitted blue alloy wheels to the Racing Blue colour trim.