In terms of its engine specs, the MT-15 Version 2.0 remains majorly the same. The tried-and-tested 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with Variable Valve Actuation technology continues. However, the output is slightly different from the previous model. The power has gone down from 18.23bhp to 18.14bhp on Version 2.0. However, the torque has been bumped up by 0.2Nm and now stands at 14.1Nm. Although out in the real world, this change is hardly noticeable. It does feel a bit held back up to 3,500-4,000rpm, after which the MT-15 lets loose if you wring the throttle hard. The VVA kicks in at around 7,000rpm and propels the bike to its redline at 10,000rpm.
That said, Yamaha has sacrificed its top speed for a better mid-range and fuel efficiency. Unlike the previous-gen MT-15’s top speed of 130kmph, the new one begins to feel strained at 122kmph. However, the motor remains refined and mostly vibe-free throughout. A few tingles of vibrations do emanate at 100kmph, but nothing too annoying.
What impressed me more was the tractability the MT-15 offers despite being a high-revving engine. It can trundle as low as 22kmph in sixth gear with not a shudder or complaint, making it highly convenient in the city. Further, the MT-15 also offers an incredibly light clutch pull and effortless shifts, thanks to the assist and slipper clutch which is a complete delight to use.
Additionally, the MT-15 Version 2.0 also has new and improved agility. While the previous-gen had commendable handling, it seemed to lack somewhere with its conventional forks and box-type swingarm. Hence, for the new model, Yamaha has equipped the MT-15 with upside-down forks and an aluminium swingarm which is the same as the one on the R15 V4.
Now, it feels seamless while switching sides. Having tested the previous MT-15, I remember the front and rear feeling a bit disconnected. However, that’s not the case with the MT-15 Version 2.0. It’s more intuitive and invokes much more confidence while leaning into corners, thus offering a better front-end feel and stability than before. The new setup has the MT-15 feeling more agile and nimble as well. Lest we forget, its compact size just adds to the convenience.