Yamaha prepares to upgrade its entry-level sports bike, R15 with styling changes and a new, more powerful engine. The 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 was revealed globally in Indonesia lately, giving an idea of the new updates on the bike. Launched for the first time in 2008, Yamaha gave it a facelift in 2011 under a new nameplate, YZF R15. Five years after its last update, the bike is preparing to receive another dose of updates sometime this year. As mentioned above, the new R15 V3.0 will experience aesthetic changes inspired by the R-series models, ie R6 and R3.
In order to give it a new look, Yamaha has changed the overall design and the bike comes with new elements such as the new twin headlight, new fuel tank with large extensions, fairing sharpened, etc. New 155cc engine, monocoque, liquid cooled, injected with SOHC fuel. With a maximum power of 19.3bhp and 14.7Nm, it is stated that the engine is more powerful than the previous unit. As for the gearbox, it uses a six-speed gearbox to transmit power.
Built in the twin steel frame of the pair with the newly designed aluminum swingarm, the bike is claimed to have a 50:50 weight distribution. Suspension duties are taken care of by the inverted telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock mounted on swingarm at the rear. Apart from the aforementioned features, the bike is expected to receive additional kit such as LED lighting system, fully digital LCD instrument panel and slip clutch, among others. With style changes, additional features and a new engine running, the new R15 price is likely to get hit.
2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Release Date
Yamaha is expected to launch the new R15 in India during the second half of 2017. There is still no official confirmation from Yamaha, but we will keep our readers informed as soon as Yamaha checks the launch date.
The updated R15 recently released in Indonesia featured styles and design changes in line with other models of the R-series. In addition, it will receive a new engine and several new features that imply a price change. Taking into account the changes mentioned above, the price of the new R15 is estimated between Rs 1.30 lakh to Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom).
2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Design
The new R15 V3.0 uses the reliable Yamaha Delta Box frame that comes with a new aluminum swingarm. Key features such as full body, high-level driving position and two-seat configuration accent the aggressive appearance. In addition, the bike also sports design changes like LED headlamps, new body panels, redesigned ORVMs, revised rear facets and a digitized instrument set with blue backlighting.
The front is styled assertively, featuring new fairing with smaller dual-split headlamp cluster and bigger air inlet in the middle. Other changes such as the larger fuel tank, new ram air intake and USD forks in front are likely to be seen on the bike. In terms of features, the new R15 is likely to borrow some equipment from the M-Slaz like the pillion seat, wheel design and exhaust. Some design cues on the new R15 seem to be inspired from the recently updated YZF-R6. As for the safety provisions, the company is expected to equip anti-lock-braking system for an improved braking experience.
2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Specifications
|Engine||155cc, single-cylinder, SOHC with VVA|
|Max Power||19.04bhp @10,000rpm|
|Max Torque||14.7Nm @8,500rpm|
Yamaha will use a new engine for the updated R15, which will be a 155.1cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve engine borrowed from the NVX 155 scooter. Yamaha has calibrated the engine which also comes with Variable valve (VVA) to improve the throttle response. That said, the new compact engine makes a peak power of 19.04bhp at 10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 14.7Nm at 8,500 rpm. While power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a six-speed transmission.
Apart from the power, Yamaha has reduced the bore and reduced the compression ratio for better performance and fuel economy. Variable Valve Actuation technology in the engine brakes fuel combustion at different speeds and throttle response. With the aforementioned changes to the engine, it is now said to offer improved torque delivery at lower and higher speeds. Linear power distribution further improves fuel economy.
New Yamaha R15 V3 Mileage (expected)
|Highway||45kmpl – 46kmpl|
Deriving the power of the 155cc, single-cylinder engine, the new R15 is likely to return 40kmpl mileage in the city conditions and 45kmpl on the highways.
New colors Yamaha R15 V3
Yamaha will offer the updated R15 in three color schemes: Racing Blue, Matte Black and Matte Red. Note that these color schemes are available in combination with gray and white.
Main features of the new Yamaha R15 V3
– LED headlamps
– New body panels
– Digital instrument console with display and LED backlight
– Inverted telescopic suspension
– Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
2017 Yamaha R15 V3.0 Other Details
Starting System – Electric
Fuel Tank Capacity – 11 Litres
Fuel System – Fuel Injection
Front Tyre – 100/80 -17M/C 52P
Rear Tyre – 140/70-17M/C 66S
Front Disc – 282mm
Rear Disc – 240mm
2017 Yamaha R15 V3.0 Dimensions
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11-litre|
The proportions of the new R15 will be the following: will have a length of 1990mm, 7125mm of width and 1135mm of height. The wheelbase will measure around 1325mm, while the height of the seat will be around 815mm and the capacity of the fuel tank will be 11 liters.