Spy shots of the Yamaha R15 V3 near Surajpur, Greater Noida, drew attention to the ABS ring clearly on its front wheel last month. At that time it was not clear if it was a single channel unit or a dual channel one, but its presence indicated that Yamaha is clearly working on an ABS model of the R15 V3.
Today, Yamaha India has solved the mystery, by officially launching the R15 V3 with ABS. It gets a dual channel ABS, with prices starting from Rs 1.39 lakhs. This means it is Rs 12k more expensive than the non ABS variant, which is priced from Rs 1.27 lakhs.
The new YZF-R15 (Version 3.0) with dual channel ABS gets a stylish look from its fully digital instrument console, LED head and tail light and an added ABS logo. Three colours are on offer. Racing Blue, Thunder Grey and an all new colour option of Darknight. The former two are priced at Rs 1.39 L while the latter is priced at Rs 1.41 L, ex-sh, Delhi.
Mr. Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies said, “Yamaha has now engineered to implement a dual channel ABS to the YZF-R15 Version 3.0. The initiative to offer dual channel ABS in YZF-R15 Version 3.0 has endowed Yamaha as the trendsetter in the 150 cc class, by introducing it for the first time in the particular segment. Yamaha will continue to optimize the thrill of riding with its style and excitement.”
Yamaha R15 V3 is a premium 150cc motorcycle. It is one of the bestselling sports bikes in the country. The R15 V3 with this new ABS safety feature will make it even more attractive to buyers. New gen 2019 Yamaha R15 V3 draws inspiration from the Yamaha R1 and R6. It is seen with 4 LED headlamps of which 2 are for low beam and 2 are for high beam. It also sports a digital instrument cluster, split seats, clip on handlebars and rear set foot pegs along with full LED tail lamps.
2018 Yamaha R15 V3 is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine offering 19.3 PS power at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm torque at 8,500 rpm, mated to a 6 speed gearbox. It receives slip and assist clutch, telescopic front suspension and monoshocks at the rear while braking is via 282mm front and 220mm rear discs. The bike also gets Variable Valve Actuation allowing for two different valve timings for lower end and top end performance.