A leaked document has revealed the technical specifications of the BS-VI compliant Yamaha YZF-R15, and it hints at a lower power output figure than the BS-IV model.
The document reveals that the upcoming, BS-VI compliant YZF-R15 will pump out 13.7 kW (or 18.64 PS) of peak power. In comparison, the BS-IV Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 makes 14.2 kW or 19.3 PS of maximum power. The BS-VI version, also featuring the Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, will be linked to a six-speed transmission, which will benefit from an assist/slipper clutch system. The 155 cc mill already comes with a fuel-injection system – a hardware specification that will be seen on all BS-VI compliant two-wheelers.
The leaked document also gives away the dimensions of the BS-VI version of the YZF-R15, which will be identical to the BS-IV model. Thus, the BS-VI Yamaha YZF-R15 will be 1,990 mm long, 725 mm wide and 1,135 tall. Its wheelbase will be 1,325 mm long. Considering the dimensions revealed in the leaked document, we can expect to see the same seat height (815 mm) and ground clearance (170 mm) on the BS-VI model as the BS-IV version.
The visual upgrades on the BS-VI model may not be very comprehensive. Thus, we expect to see the same styling and feature list on the updated YZF-R15. Key features will include twin-pod LED headlight, an LED taillight, conventional blinkers, LCD display, and split-style step-up seats. Addition of Bluetooth connectivity will add more function to the instrument console.
The suspension and braking setup will be carried forward from the BS-IV model as well. Thus, the shock absorption department will comprise conventional telescopic front forks and a mono-shock at the back. Braking department will consist of disc brakes on both wheels, while the safety net will include dual-channel ABS.
Yamaha has already confirmed that the BS-VI range of motorcycles will start to roll out from November this year. In case you plan to buy a YZF-R15 that isn’t strangulated by the more stringent emission norms, now may be the right time to purchase one. Do note that the updated YZF-R15 could be 10% to 15% costlier.
Yamaha has revised the prices of the BS-IV YZF-R15 V3.0, and the motorcycle is now INR 600 more expensive than before. Thus, the standard version retails at INR 1,40,880*, while the Darknight edition is available for INR 1,42,880*. The MotoGP edition's price hasn't changed.