Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 vs Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 – Spec comparison

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Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

Yamaha has launched the third iteration of the famed R15, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 at this year’s Auto Expo. So, what exactly does the Version 3.0 offer over the Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0? Read on to find out.

Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 left side at 2018 Auto Expo
The new engine offers a 4.7% better mileage output, according to Yamaha.

The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 sports redesigned bodywork which is now more in line with its litre-class sibling, the R1. The headlamps are now full LED instead of the twin halogen units. The silhouette looks more compact than the older generation bike, while maintaining the sporty character.

Specifications Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0
Engine 155 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC engine with VVA technology 149 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC engine
Maximum Power 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm 17 PS at 8,500 rpm
Peak Torque 15 Nm at 8,500 rpm 15 Nm at 7,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed with assist and slipper clutch 6-speed
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork 33 mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Link-type monoshock Link-type monoshock
Front Brake 282 mm disc Disc
Rear Brake 220 mm disc 250 mm disc
Kerb Weight 139 kg 136 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres 12 litres
Ground Clearance 170 mm 160 mm
Front Wheel MRF Nylogrip Zapper-FX1 100/80-17M/C 52P (Tubeless) 90/80-17
Rear Wheel MRF/Nylogrip Zapper-S 140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless) 130/70-R17
Price, ex-showroom, Delhi INR 1,25,000 INR 1,18,838

The Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 comes with an old-school analogue-digital combo cluster. Whereas, the V3.0 gets a fully-digital multifunction instrument cluster with shift light indicator; VVA indicator, and connector for USB charging. The new-gen bike also features a new Deltabox frame with optimised rigidity around the pivot area. The new-gen engine’s output higher up in the rev-band, thanks to the VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) technology.

Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 Revving Blue front quarter at Auto Expo 2016
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 gets a 1 litre bigger fuel tank, and weighs 3 kg less than the V3.0.

Also Read: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 – Auto Expo 2018 Live

The new bodywork, frame, and engine have resulted in 3 kg extra weight when compared to the V2.0. The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 also enjoys the benefit of a slipper clutch which helps in downshifting quickly without losing the bike’s composure. All these technologies come at a marginal premium of INR 6,162 over the previous generation motorcycle. The Japanese brand has increased the ground clearance in the V3.0 by 10 mm.

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