Yamaha lifts the cover off its much-awaited YZF-R15 Version 4 and new R15 M. Both the motorbikes have received a number of mechanical updates along with major styling revisions. The latest addition to the lineup, the YZF-R15 Version 4 comes with a starting price tag of Rs. 1,67,800, while on the other hand, the new R15 M gets Rs. 1,77,800 as the base price (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Yamaha Motor India Group of companies Chairman, Motofumi Shitara explained, “Under the umbrella of ‘The Call of the Blue’ brand campaign, Yamaha has launched unique products and services. Today, I am happy to announce the world premiere of the YZF-R15 V4 in India. This shows the importance of the Indian market in our global plans. The YZF-R15 V4 carries the same racing DNA as the YZF-M1 & YZF-R1. The R15 V4 will provide Indian customers with all the latest technology that Yamaha has gained from conducting multiple racing activities. I believe that the all-new YZF-R15 V4 and the YZF-R15M will take the thrills of racing to a whole new level and provide a greater experience to our R15 fans in India. Yamaha will continue to provide such unique products and services in the Indian market in the future as well.”
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Coming to the design, the 2021 Yamaha R15 gets updated styling. The motorbike receives a new windscreen and fairing. The LED headlight takes its position at the centre and is accompanied by the DRLs on both sides. However, at its rear, the bike resembles similarities with the R15 V3.0 but retains its air ducts.
Besides the version 4, its sibling, the M variant comes with bright silver paintwork with a blue coloured scheme on the wheels. The seat cover is a bit different and the brakes get the golden paint.
The bike also features a new instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity. It has two different modes - Track and Street. There is also an option of getting a quickshifter and traction control on selected variants.
At its heart, both the YZF-R15 Version 4 and the new R15 M gets the same 155 cc engine. It is capable of providing a maximum power of 18.4 PS at 10,000 rpm. While the peak torque of the bike is 14.2 Nm, which comes at 7,500 rpm. It is the six-speed manual gearbox that completes the powerplant.
Lastly, both the models have a 37 mm inverted fork with a gold paint scheme at the front, while at the rear there is a linked-type monocross unit.