The new teal blue and fluorescent yellow combination gives the compact displacement street fighter a sportier appeal
The Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), the only major automotive show to take place in the world amidst the global pandemic, has on display several limited editions and model year updates. We recently brought you the news about 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 getting new liveries, and now its time for the Yamaha MT-15 Limited Edition.
Yamaha Thailand has swathed its popular compact displacement street fighter with an interesting teal blue (or green if you will) paint job. The neon yellow finish for the wheels has dialled up the motorcycle’s sporty quotient by a few notches. Apart from the new paint scheme, there are no changes or additions to the Yamaha MT-15 Limited Edition model. The company did not reveal how many units of this edition it is planning to sell in Thailand.
The Yamaha MT-15 Limited Edition appears to be a marketing push during Bangkok Motor Show which usually witnesses significant number of on-the-spot bookings. So, we don’t expect this edition to be introduced in other markets now. However, if this colour combination garners enough attention internationally, the Japanese two wheeler giant may considering bringing it to other markets as well.
The Thai-spec Yamaha MT-15 is slightly different from the version available in India. While we are offered cost effective regular telescopic forks, the Thai edition sports sturdy upside-down forks with anodized gold finish. Both versions share their platform with the fully faired YZF-R15 V3.0.
The 155 cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine produces 19 hp and 14.7 Nm of torque. A slipper clutch pairs the motor with a 6-speed transmission. At a kerb weight of 133 kg, the compact MT-15 features one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in its segment.
The Yamaha MT-15 Limited Edition is priced at TBT 98,500 (around INR 2.32 lakh). In India the naked motorcycle is priced at INR 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in three color options – black, blue and white with red wheels.
In our market, the Yamaha MT-15 competes with the KTM Duke 125 in addition to the whole array of 150 cc machines. Big bike styling, heady power output and sporty character are its strong selling points.
Yamaha recently updated its entire portfolio to BS6 emission standards. This included making fuel injection system standard across its scooter range. The company is currently focusing only on automatic scooters and motorcycles from 150 cc and above.