It’s no secret that every manufacturer is working on offering their two-wheelers above 125cc of displacement with ABS. Royal Enfield has already announced ABS on certain models for the Indian market while the rest would get the upgrade soon. Yamaha, too, is working towards upgrading its motorcycles with ABS before the new safety norms come into effect. Regular readers would know that the Government has set April 1, 2019, as the deadline to equip the complete product portfolio (125cc and above) with ABS.
While we’re yet to hear an official timeline about the arrival of Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 ABS, a new report from BikeAdvice.in says that the local testing has commenced. Two test mules of the third-gen model equipped with ABS were spotted near Surajpur, Greater Noida. There are no images available to confirm the latest development, though.
It is still not certain whether the motorcycle will arrive with a single-channel ABS or a dual-channel unit, though.
The addition of ABS will result in a higher cost that will reflect on the final price of the motorcycle. The current Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0, without ABS, retails for INR 1.27 lakh (ex-showroom). The inclusion of ABS could see a rise of INR 15,000-25,000 in the price (ex-showroom).
Besides the addition of ABS, the rest of the specifications would remain identical to the standard model. Thus, the motorcycle will continue to use the Deltabox frame, full-LED headlight, digital instrument console and the R1-inspired design.
The 155 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve engine that is tuned to deliver 19.3 PS of maximum power @ 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque @ 8,500 rpm may remain as is. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch.
The engine features Variable Valves Actuation (VVA) that gets two intake valve cams: one for low- to mid-range rpm and another for high rpm. They switch between each other at the 7,400 rpm mark to provide power and torque throughout the rev range.
Braking department, except for the addition of ABS, will continue to use 282 mm hydraulic single disc at the front and 220 mm hydraulic single disc at the rear. Conventional telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear would handle the suspension duties.