Yamaha YZF-R15 is one of the most successful fully faired motorcycles launched in India. The new model christened as the R15 Version 2.0 was launched in 2011 with cosmetic changes, and the bike is up for a facelift after about five years.
Emerging reports indicate that the YZF R15 Version 3.0, which will enter the market in early 2017, will not be just another facelift. The new version will be a thoroughly reworked model to compete against Honda's newly launched CBR150R.
The R15 Version 3.0 will be based on the same Deltabox frame that underpins the current R15. The 149cc single cylinder liquid-cooled engine that does duty in the current R15 will continue. It develops 16.7bhp at 8,500rpm and 15Nm of torque at 7,500rpm.
However, the figures will be increased to make the new version more track biased while the six-speed transmission will remain unchanged. The motorcycle will boast of dual disc brakes for clinical stopping power.
The motorcycle will also flaunt Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) at least as an option if it is not a part of the standard equipment. The suspension will also get updates in line with the new rivals.
On styling, the motorcycle will boast of revised front lamp cluster. Current pilot lamps positioned at the corner of twin head lamp will be replaced with a central positioning lamp in line with the YZF-R3. Twin air vents below headlamps will make the motorcycle sportier in looks.
The new YZF-R15 will be costlier than the current model range starting at Rs 1.18 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.