Yamaha has received the India Design Mark (I Mark) by the Indian Design Council this year for the YZF-R15 V3.0. Previously, Yamaha has received the acknowledgement for its products like YZF-R15 V2.0 (2012), Cygnus Ray (2013), Cygnus Ray Z (2014), Cygnus Alpha and FZ (2015), Yamaha Fascino & Saluto 125 (2016), Cygnus Ray ZR, YZF-R3 (2017) and FZ25 (2018).
India Design Council is an autonomous body of Government of India that has been established under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry. It was initiated by India Design Mark, in cooperation with Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 has received a positive response in the Indian market. The new iteration of the motorcycle has increased the sales for the Indian arm of the Japanese two-wheeler brand since its launch in February 2018. Yamaha recently updated the bike with a dual-channel ABS to comply with the new safety norms. The ABS-equipped YZF-R15 retails at an ex-showroom price of INR 1.39 lakh, a premium of INR 12,000 over the retiring model. Yamaha also extended the colour palette with the introduction of the new Darknight option that carries a premium of INR 2,000 over the Racing Blue and Thunder Grey paints and costs INR 1.41 lakh – all prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The motorcycle draws power from a 155 cc, liquid-cooled engine that features assist and slipper clutch and Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. Paired to a six-speed gearbox, the motor is tuned to deliver a maximum power output of 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and peak torque of 14.7 Nm at 8,500 rpm.
Anchoring tasks are performed by 282 mm hydraulic single disc at the front and 220 mm hydraulic single disc at the rear. Cost-cutting measures bring conventional telescopic front forks to the motorcycle instead of upside-down telescopic units that are seen on the international-spec variant.
In more updates, Yamaha has extended its product portfolio with the launch of the MT-15, a naked roadster variant of the YZF-R15 V3.0, which competes with the likes of KTM 125 Duke, 200 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.