The R15 is one of the best selling sports bikes in the 150cc segment in India. The updated Yamaha R15 V4 version is expected to be launched soon in India. It has been one of the most successful bikes for Yamaha in the Indian market and they have been updating it with new features and colours timely.
But it has almost since Yamaha introduced the V3 version of R15 and now times call for a new updated version. Seems like this is the right time to introduce the Yamaha R15 V4 in the Indian market. Here we will try to decode the upcoming new version of R15 specs, features, launch date and expected price. It will compete with the Honda CBR 150 that has been updated recently.
What to Expect from the New Yamaha R15 V4
In terms of design, we don’t think it will get a complete overhaul as the current version already looks stylish. Yamaha may launch the R15 V4 with minor design updates with new paint schemes. Most likely the new version will come with new colours and graphics. It might also have the CYW variant like its sibling the MT-15, that allows the buyer to choose between multiple colour combinations.
Coming to the most important aspect, that is engine and performance. The New Yamaha R15 V4 will be equipped the same 155cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, engine. The engine will come mated to a 6-speed gearbox and it will continue using the assist and slipper clutch mechanism. Yamaha might retune the engine of the new R15 V4 to squeeze some extra power and torque.
We don’t think it will get any major mechanical changes or updates like USD forks. It will continue using the telescopic front forks and rear mono-shock to keep cost in check. The brakes on the Yamaha R15 V4 are efficient and it will be kept on the new model. The motor of R15 V3 is SOHC it might be updated with a DOHC setup for better refinement.
The LED Headlamps on the current-gen R15 have weak illumination, so the new upcoming R15 V4 will come with more power LED Headlamps. Riding ergonomics of the current-gen model is very aggressive, we hope the new Yamaha R15 V4 has a little relaxed ergonomics that will make it comfortable for long rides. We hope it gets a sportier exhaust muffler and LED Turns signals.
Expected Changes In the New R15 V4
- New Colours
- Updated Graphics
- Retuned DOHC Engine
- More Power & Torque
- Customization Options
- Powerful LED Headlamps
- Comfortable Riding Ergonomics
- Sportier Exhaust Muffler
- New LED Turn Indicators
So, these are some expected changes that we think the new model will come with. A lot of people want the USD forks like Its younger sibling the Yamaha MT 125 & R125. But we don’t think it will not get that as it will add up to the overall cost. Also, there have been a lot of complaints about the headlamp illumination and we hope it gets sorted in the new model.
Yamaha R15 V4 Price in India & Launch Date
Currently, Yamaha has not revealed any information regarding the launch date in India. We think the brand might introduce it on one of the auto shows in the second half of 2021. The Yamaha R15 V4 is expected to launch in India in the last quarter of 2021. The new version of R15 will be a great competitor to the upcoming Aprilia GPR 150.
Its pricing will depend upon how big of an update it got. If Yamaha equips it with additional premium hardware and features then its price will go up significantly. The Yamaha R15 V4 price in India is expected to be around Rs 1.65 – Rs 1.7 Lakhs INR (Ex-Showroom Price).
|Engine||155cc Single-Cylinder, 4-Stroke|
|Maximum Power||18-19 HP|
|Peak Torque||14-15 NM|
|Cooling System||Liquid Cooling|
|Clutch||Assist & Slipper|
|Front Brake||282 mm Disc|
|Rear Brake||220 mm Disc|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic Forks|
|Price (Ex-Showroom)||Rs 1,65,000|
The R15 V4 is one of the most awaited bikes in India. We hope it comes with a slightly more powerful and refined motor. Also, the build quality should be improved and Yamaha should offer more lively paint schemes. The expectations from the upcoming Yamaha R15 V4 are high and we hope it lives up to its predecessor names.