Yamaha Motor India has announced the launch of the BS6 version of the YZF-R15 V3.0 in India. The new Yamaha YZF-R15 BS6 model is priced at ₹ 1.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), and comes with additional features aimed to bring more value to the motorcycle. The model is now more expensive by about ₹ 2000 over the BS4 version, and is now available across the manufacturer's dealerships pan India. The R15 BS6 joins the Yamaha FZ and the FZS motorcycles that were upgraded to BS6 emission norms last month in the company's stable. In terms of equipment, the 2020 Yamaha R15 BS6 now comes with a side-stand engine cut-off switch, dual horn and radial tubeless tyre for the rear wheel as standard.
Commenting on the launch, Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies said, "Our commitment towards customers in India is underlined in exciting products and experiences of The Call of the Blue. Being a cult brand that grows refinement and a rage, Yamaha is thankful to the customers in India who have cultivated the passion of R15 with their high taste of sensation and performance. With Yamaha continuing to perk up track performances with the R series, the new YZF-R15 Version 3.0 with BS6 compliant engine and new features will be able to create optimum excitement in India in its respective category. Yamaha strived for optimum cost control for the new BS6 compliant YZF-R15 Version 3.0 and achieved to peg it around 3 per cent higher along with new standard features, only to let the unrestrained excitement of R Series rev hearts."
The Yamaha R15 BS6 is about three kilos heavier than the BS4 version at 142 kg and comes with the upgraded 155 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled BS6 engine tuned for 18.3 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 14.1 Nm of peak torque available at 8500 rpm. The power and torque figures have seen a marginal reduction over the older engine, which produced 19 bhp and 15 Nm of torque at the same rpm levels. The motor continues to be paired with a 6-speed transmission. There are hardware upgrades apart from the motor and the bike continues to use telescopic forks up front and a monoshock unit for suspension duties, while braking performance comes from dual disc brakes with dual-channel ABS.
The new YZF-R15 V3.0 BS6 is being offered in three colour options Racing Blue, Thunder Grey and Darknight, along with the Racing Blue variant getting blue coloured wheels as standard. Meanwhile, Yamaha India has sent out an invite for a new two-wheeler that will be launched on December 19, 2019. The company is tight-lipped about the offering that could be a motorcycle or even a scooter, most likely in the commuter segment. Make sure to keep watching this space to find out what the new launch just might be.