Auto Expo 2018 will be a launch pad for several new motorcycles this year, and the Yamaha R15 V3.0 has definitely been one of the most anticipated of them all. Only days away from launch now, new Yamaha R15 can be booked at your local dealership. According to a bookings receipt procured by Rushlane, a customer has already booked himself a new Yamaha R15 V3 for a token amount of Rs 5,000. Yamaha R15 V3s have started arriving at dealerships as well. While Yamaha has not confirmed officially that bookings have been started, the receipt says itself that you can indeed book one at select dealers.
With a launch scheduled for Auto Expo 2018 to be held in February, expect the deliveries of the new Yamaha R15 V3 to begin soon. While many will be chuffed to know that the new R15 is finally coming to India, there is but a few niggling things, such as the Indian spec Yamaha R15 V3 will be missing out on some tech gadgets and hardware.
For example, the new Yamaha R15 V3.0 launching at the Auto Expo 2018 will come will come with regular forks instead of the upside down ones fitted in the R15 that is sold in international markets. Also, unlike the full-fledged Yamaha R15 V3.0, the Indian version will not have an ABS either.
It isn't certain yet, but the new Yamaha R15 V3 launching in India could also miss out on the slipper clutch as well. The only reason why the new R15 is losing out so much while its transit to India is to keep the prices in check. The idea is to replace the Yamaha R15 V2 with the new motorcycle, keeping the prices similar at about Rs 1.2 lakh.
Yamaha R15 V3.0 is expected to be powered by the same engine, which is a 155.1cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected unit with variable valve actuation. The engine puts out about 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox.