Yamaha Motor India has introduced the new-generation Yamaha R15 V4 and the all-new R15M to the Indian market. In the Indian market, the Yamaha R15 has always been a popular sports motorcycle. The third-generation R15 V3 was introduced in India at the 2018 Auto Expo and was an instant success. The fourth-generation R15 V4 has now been released in the country by the corporation. So, what makes the 2021 Yamaha R15 V4 different from the old Yamaha R15 V3? That is the question we will address in this post.
Design Differences Between the New Yamaha R15 V4 and the Old Yamaha R15 V3
The design of the new Yamaha R15 V4 is inspired by Yamaha’s all-new middle-weight supersport motorcycle, the YZF-R7. The front fascia of the motorcycle has been entirely redesigned. The dual-LED headlamp setup of the R15 V3 has been replaced by a single LED projector headlight flanked by LED DRLs on the new R15 V4. It also gets a new visor, a redesigned fairing, new seats, and other upgrades. This time, Yamaha has also released the ‘M’ edition of the R15, which appears even more athletic, and it is important to understand the distinctions between the R15 V4 and the R15M.
Hardware & Features of the New Yamaha R15 V4 vs. the Old Yamaha R15 V3
In terms of equipment, the new-generation Yamaha R15 V4 outperforms its predecessor by leaps and bounds, with a slew of innovations, including some that are segment firsts. While the previous R15 V3 had a digital instrument cluster with no connectivity choices, the new R15 V4 has a revamped instrument cluster inspired by the formidable YZF-R1 with new features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a gear change indication, Track & Street modes, and so on. It also gets a slip & assist clutch, which was also available on the R15 V3.
The new Yamaha R15 V4 features traction control as well as a quick-shifter on some models for smooth, clutchless upshifts. The India-spec Yamaha R15 also has USD forks at the front for the first time, which is one of its main selling points. Telescopic front forks were previously available on the R15 V3. It has a mono-shock absorber in the back. The new R15 V4 has disc brakes on both ends, as well as dual-channel ABS as standard. The Yamaha R15 V4 retains the same tyres as the previous model.
Engine Comparison: New Yamaha R15 V4 vs. Old Yamaha R15 V3
The new Yamaha R15 V4, as well as the R15M, are powered by the same engine as the R15 V3. However, with a few minor changes. These new motorcycles are powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected BS6 engine. This motor now produces 18.4 HP @ 10,000 RPM, which is 0.2 HP less than the previous model. It does, however, produce 14.2 Nm of peak torque at 7500 RPM, which is 0.1 Nm more than the R15 V3, and it does so 1000 RPM earlier. The engine is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission, and these motorcycles include Yamaha’s VVA, or Variable Valve Actuation, technology.
Variants & Colors of the New Yamaha R15 V4 contrasted. the Old Yamaha R15 V3
The new-generation Yamaha R15 V4 starts at Rs 1.67 lakh in India, whereas the previous-generation Yamaha R15 V3 was priced between Rs 1.57 lakh and Rs 1.59 lakh, all prices ex-showroom Delhi. So, the new Yamaha R15 V4 costs roughly 10,000 rupees more than the previous model, but in exchange, it delivers a completely new design, a slew of new features, and a dependable performance-oriented powerplant. The following are the color variant costs for the new Yamaha R15 V4 and the all-new R15M:
- R15 V4 Metallic Red — Rs 1.67 lakh*
- R15 V4 Dark Knight – Rs 1.68 lakh*
- R15 V4 Racing Blue – Rs 1.72 lakh*
- R15M Metallic Grey Yamaha – Rs 1.77 lakh*
- Yamaha R15M Monster Energy MotoGP Edition is priced at Rs 1.79 lakh*