With 19.31 PS, the Yamaha R15 v3 is the most powerful 150 cc motorcycle

23/01/2017 - 16:13 | ,   | Neelanjan Chakraborty

The Yamaha R15 v3.0 has a shorter wheelbase than the outgoing version.

Taking things to the next level, Yamaha has unveiled the 2017 Yamaha R15 v3.0 in Indonesia today. The price has not been revealed yet, and more details on that are expected next month. The bike, though not announced, will launch in India this year.

Yamaha R15 v3.0 racing blue side
The Yamaha R15 v3.0 is the most powerful 150 cc bike and also is the first to get a slipper clutch. The outputs stand at 19.31 PS of power and 14.7 Nm of torque.

The Yamaha R15 v3.0, equipped with a new 155.1 cc single cylinder, SOHC, liquid cooled, fuel injected mill, features a 6-speed gearbox and an assist and slipper clutch. The engine is capable of producing 19.31 PS of maximum power at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The redline has not been specified but could hover around 12,000 rpm.

The bore and stroke for this new mill stand at 58 mm and 58.7 mm. The latter is the same as the v2.0  while the stroke is bigger by 1 mm. The compression ratio is also higher at 11.6:1 up from 10.4:1. And if you fret low torque at high revs, Yamaha has brought in VVA (Variable Valve Actuation). This will not just help in producing ideal amount of output across low, mid and high rev range but also assist in keeping fuel consumption under check.

The bike is also bigger now measuring 1,990 mm in length, 725 mm in width and 1,135 mm in height. Yamaha though has reduced the wheelbase considerably to 1,325 mm from 1,345 mm which will help the Yamaha R15 v3.0 be more fun round the corners.

The tyres are also fatter with a 17 inch 100/80 M/C 52 P up front and a 140/70 17M/C 66S in the rear. The bike is heavier by a kilo and now has a wet weight of 137 kg. The seat height has increased to 815 mm from 800 mm.

Yamaha R15 v3.0 matte black front nose
The Yamaha R15 v3.0 gets a shorter 1,325 mm wheelbase which will help it carve the corners without breaking into a sweat.

The front suspension now includes upside down forks which will help the bike absorb undulations on the road in a better way.

The present Yamaha R15 v2.0 is priced at INR 1.18 lakhs in India (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the introduction of several premium features, the Yamaha R15 v3.0 will get a significant price revision. Before that, Yamaha India will be launching a naked street fighter on January 24, 2017.

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