Yamaha has launched the latest edition of the YZF-R15 in India, for a starting price of Rs 1.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Interestingly enough, this time around there will be a YZF-R15M variant as well. It’s still powered by the same 155cc, liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum power of 18 bhp at 10,000rpm, with a torque output of 14.2 Nm at 7,500rpm. The fuel-injected motor with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Those figures are slightly different from the R15 V3, but are negligible in the grander scheme of things. BTW, there’s also the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition paint scheme on the R15M which comes with MotoGP branding on the fairing, fuel tank, front mudguard and rear side panels.
Commenting on the launch, Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies said, “Under the umbrella of ‘The Call of the Blue’ brand campaign, Yamaha has launched unique products & services. Today, I am happy to announce the world premiere of the YZF-R15 V4 in India. This shows the importance of Indian market in our global plans. The YZF-R15 V4 carries the same racing DNA as the YZF-M1 & YZF-R1. The R15 V4 will provide Indian customers with all the latest technology that Yamaha has gained from conducting multiple racing activities. I believe that the all-new YZF-R15 V4 and the YZF-R15M will take the thrills of racing to a whole new level & provide greater experience to our R15 fans in India. Yamaha will continue to provide such unique products & services in the Indian market in the future as well.”
The standard R15 V4 can be had in three colours – Racing Blue, Dark Knight, and Metallic Red. But, the million-dollar question is – what’s changed? Well, for the first time, the Indian-spec R15 gets USD forks. Yamaha has even equipped the R15 V4 with a quickshifter and traction control (standard on the YZF-R15 V4 Racing Blue and YZF-R15M). Lest we forget, there are two riding modes as well – Track and Street. But, undoubtedly, what’s changed most is the design of the latest-generation R15. The front headlamp with DRLs around it feels like an ode to the recently unveiled YZF-R7. In fact, the exhaust muffler, fairing, instrument cluster and windscreen are all new. The R15M further gets subtle design changes like the golden-coloured brakes to set it apart from the standard offering. So, has the R15 V4 got all the changes it needed to get back in the game?