Yamaha YZF-R15 is one of the important models of the company in India. The R15 was one of the first fully-faired sports bike and was well received by the biking fraternity in the country. 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.
The website iwanbanaran.com snapped pictures of a new Yamaha motorcycle, which is reportedly the newer version of the R15. Following the naming strategy of the Yamaha, the new motorcycle is expected to be called R15 Version 3.0 and the motorcycle will hit the market before the end of this year.
The new R15 will be based on the same Deltabox frame that underpins the current R15. Reworked body panels and cosmetic changes can be expected. The new motorcycle is expected to share many components with the recently launched naked version, the M-Slaz. The digital instrument cluster with blue background lights, USD front forks and LED headlamp can be expected in the new R15.
The motorcycle is expected to be powered by the same 149cc single cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The engine develops 16.7bhp at 8,500rpm and 15Nm of torque at 7,500rpm in the current R15 2.0. These figures are expected to be increased in new model. The six-speed transmission will remain unchanged.
When launched, the Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 2.0 will compete against the Honda CBR150R in India and will be costlier than the current model range starting at Rs 1.18 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.