The Yamaha YZF-R15 is one of the most sought-after bikes by the enthusiasts in the Indian market. In the international markets, Yamaha also offers a naked version of the bike, which is known as MT-15. Soon, the bike is expected to be launched in the Indian market and has been caught testing under the heavy camouflage for the first time ever.
The bike caught on testing gets similar India-specific changes that will make it more affordable in the market. It gets conventional telescopic forks replacing the upside down forks available in the international markets. This reduces the overall cost of the bike.
Yamaha may have done various other changes to keep the price affordable. From the spy pictures, we can see that the MT-15 also gets changes like different alloy wheels, a new tailpiece and different fuel tank.
It should be noted that Yamaha did a few India-specific changes on the YZF-R15 V3.0 before the launch in India to ensure that the cost of the bike remains competitive in the high price-sensitive Indian market.
The bike is expected to be launched later this year as the testing has already begun. The MT-15 is inspired heavily by the bigger siblings like the Yamaha MT-03 and the MT-09. The bike looks quite sharp and is expected to retain most of its design.
The bike gets sleek headlamp set-up with twin pod headlamps. It gets LED headlamps just like the Yamaha R15. Other specifications like the chassis, electronics, features and even the engine specifications will remain the same as the Yamaha YZF R15. The R15’s 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled VVA engine is expected to remain same in the MT-15.
It generates a maximum power of 19.3 PS and 15 Nm of peak torque. It is expected to produce a similar power figure in the MT-15 too. Yamaha will only launch the dual-channel ABS version of the bike in the Indian market due to the upcoming safety rules and the price is expected to be around Rs. 1.3 lakh, ex-showroom.