Jan 26: The upcoming Auto Expo would usher in good news to Indian bikers, with bike major Yamaha lining up the launch of its latest R15 v in India at the expo. The R15 v3.0 model is already trending in international markets, and had been going through the testing phase in India.
The India-specific motorcycle model to be launched at the Auto Expo 2018 is expected to have new and improved features to keep its price competitive. The new features would include LED headlamps, upside down (USD) forks, an updated digital instrument console, ABS and a more powerful 150cc motor replete with variable valve timing.
However, the average Indian price conscious bike enthusiast, may not be very keen on USD forks and ABS, and instead would prefer stronger locally sourced tyres that would adapt to Indian roads. However, the new 150cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor will remain and will retain the variable valve timing. This engine is capable of producing 19.5PS of power and 14.7Nm of peak torque.
The eye catching new design comes with a well-crafted tail section inspired by the Yamaha R6 and the R1. The twin LED headlamps are split by a faux air intake at the centre.
The full-digital instrument console displays information such as speed, rpm and gear position. But the fact that the new fuel tank can hold only 11 litres while the older bike had a capacity of 12 litres could induce quite a frown on the face of the potential rider. It seems more like a biker’s vehicle than made for a duo ride, as the rear seat has narrowed down considerably.
The new features would make the company attach a Rs 1.5 lakh tag. The R15 is expected to go up against the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and the upcoming Honda CBR 150R, reports said.