Yamaha India is upgrading the YZF-R15 to be almost like its international-spec counterpart. So, expect it to have new styling, uprated mechanicals, and a few more features.
The updated Yamaha YZF-R15 was spotted a number of times while being tested and recently at a dealership. Now, the Japanese two-wheeler maker has officially announced the date for the launch of the new Yamaha YZF-R15. Alongside the new motorcycle, Yamaha will launch the new YZF-R15 M, which will be positioned above the standard motorcycle on September 21, 2021.
With the update, the 155cc supersport will bring along a new fascia. The styling will be largely based on the Yamaha YZF-R7, which was launched in the international market. The new bits on the motorcycle will be upside-down front forks, a restyled fairing and a fuel tank, and new colour schemes. While the chassis is expected to be the same as before, the suspension units are expected to be recalibrated. Also, the addition of a new suspension unit will change the kerb weight of the motorcycle. In terms of features, the new YZF-R15 is likely to get Bluetooth connected tech, which is on offer in the company’s FZ-X, Ray-Z, and Fascino.
Mechanically, the new YZF-R15 will be based on the outgoing motorcycle. Expect it to have the same 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The engine, however, will be tuned differently. Online reports suggest that the new motorcycle will make 18bhp, which is slightly less than the outgoing model’s 18.3bhp.
The addition of new cycle parts and features will probably increase the price of the new Yamaha YZF-R15. Currently, the outgoing R15 V3 starts at Rs 1.58 lakh (ex-showroom). The new YZF-R15 is likely to cross the Rs 1.60 lakh mark, and the higher R15 M variant will most likely demand a premium of Rs 5,000 over the standard model.