2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0: Most Powerful 150cc Sportbike


Indian launch expected later this year, replacing the outgoing R15 V2.0 with a more premium price tag. 

Yamaha has unveiled the 2017 model year update for the YZF-R15 class of 150cc category fully-faired sportbike in Indonesia. Called as ‘V3.0‘, the latest iteration brings maximum performance and equipment, making it one of the best model in its class. The R15 V3.0 is expected to replace the outgoing V2.0 model in the Indian market before the end of this year.

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The V3.0 is powered by a new 155.1 single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected SOHC engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. Paired to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox with assist and slipper clutch, the motorcycle delivers a maximum output of 19.31 PS power at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm torque at 8,500 rpm.


New Yamaha R15 V3.0 gets an upgraded equipment list, including assist and slipper clutch – first in the segment

The new R15 has grown a bit, measuring 1,990 mm long, 725 mm wide and 1,135 mm high. The wheelbase has been reduced by 20 mm, which is likely to impact the bike’s cornering abilities positively. The front suspension now hosts an inverted twin telescopic fork, while retaining the rear monoshock with aluminium swingarm. The 282 mm disc brake up front is also larger than the previous model. The bike is also a bit heavier than before at 137 kgs.

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Design wise, the new R15 V3.0 gets an updated bodywork with twin LED headlamp units, aerodynamic fairing, side LED strips and rear lights, and a brawny alloy wheel pattern. The all-digital instrumentation cluster with a multi-info display is also new. But, ABS is not on offer in the R15 range. The bike will be offered in both single-tone and dual-tone paint schemes.


2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is expected to be priced higher than the out-going V2.0.

With first-in-class assist and slipper clutch, along with class-leading performance and riding dynamics, the new R15 V3.0 is likely to move a bit more upmarket in pricing. Currently, the R15 V2.0 is priced at INR 1.18 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) in India. Moreover, the new Yamaha FZ 25 street fighter motorcycle launched earlier today in India has been positioned in the same price range.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at wagenclub@gmail.com

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