The new generation Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 continues to catapult the sales of the two-wheeler brand in the Indian market. Yamaha’s 155cc performance motorcycle has registered a 231 per cent growth in October 2018, clocking year-on-year sales of 15,008 units against 4,539 units in the corresponding month of 2017.
Sales have been consistently high since its launch in February 2018:
- The YZF-R15 sales saw a 54 per cent rise in March 2018 – a month after its launch (5,252 units in March 2018 vs 3,411 units in March 2017)
- April sales of the motorcycle grew by 87 per cent (6,034 units in April 2018 vs 3,230 units in April 2017)
- The growth remained consistent in May as the YZF-R15 clocked 105 per cent growth (6,611 units in May 2018 vs 3,220 units in May 2017)
- There was a 163 per cent jump in the sales in June 2018 (7,847 units in June 2018 vs 2,985 units in June 2017).
- In July 2018, Yamaha registered 133 per cent rise in sales (8,404 units in July 2018 vs 3,603 units in July 2017).
- August sales showed promising performance too, and YZF-R15 scored 95 per cent increase (8,081 units in August 2018 vs 4,103 units in August 2017).
- The YZF-R15 sales witnessed a 165 per cent jump in September corresponding to last year. Yamaha sold a total of 13,054 units of the YZF-R15 in September 2018 as against 4,921 units last September.
A report from last month suggests that Yamaha is currently testing the ABS-equipped model of the YZF-R15 V3.0. The government of India has set April 1, 2019, as the deadline for OEMs to install the complete product portfolio (125cc and above) with ABS.
The R15's 155cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine gets a first-in-segment variable valve actuation (VVA) technology. The engine is tuned to deliver 19.3 PS of maximum power @ 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque @ 8,500 rpm and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission. A slip and assist clutch comes as standard.
Stopping power comes from 282 mm hydraulic single disc at the front and 220 mm hydraulic single disc at the rear. The India spec model features conventional telescopic front forks instead of upside-down telescopic units that are seen on the global variant.
The standard version is sold at INR 1.27 lakh* while a limited edition MotoGP version of the motorcycle was launched at a price tag of INR 1.3 lakh*. The MotoGP Limited Edition is available in ‘Yamaha Racing Blue’ colour and gets Yamaha MotoGP branding on the fairing, tank and side panels.
On the ABS-equipped YZF-R15, we expect to see a premium of INR 10,000-15,000 over the standard variant.