Yamaha Motor India has confirmed that it will launch the updated YZF-R15 in our market on 21 September, 2021. While the company has remained silent about most of the details, spy photographs have revealed several aspects about this motorcycle. Here we tell you what to expect from the upcoming 2021 Yamaha YZF-R15.
The 2021 model will feature a major styling upgrade over the old model. Spy images and leaked photographs have revealed that the upcoming model will feature a single-pod headlight with LED DRLs and fairing-mounted rear-view mirrors at the front. We could see two variants of the motorcycle in the Indian market – Standard and M. The styling cues would be similar on both variants. The two variant will pack a muscular fuel tank, a split-style saddle, a sleek taillight, and a side-slung exhaust.
While the styling will be similar on the standard model and the M variant, the two versions would be distinguished through the colour palette. While the details are scarce, spy images have revealed two colours – blue with black and white with black. Both paint options feature blue-coloured alloy wheels.
The feature list on the upcoming model will include an LED headlight with LED DRLs at the front, an LED taillight, and a digital instrument cluster. The premium variant of the motorcycle could benefit from Bluetooth-connectivity. The Yamaha Y-Connect App Bluetooth module will bring features such as call alert, SMS/email notification, details about phone battery level, fuel consumption data, maintenance recommendation, and last parked position.
Apart from the updated styling, the new YZF-R15 will also benefit from newer hardware to handle the suspension tasks. The motorcycle will feature upside-down front forks instead of conventional units on the old model. The suspension setup at the back would continue to use a mono-shock. The braking setup will include single discs on both wheels while the safety net should include dual-channel ABS and side-stand engine cut-off function.
Leaked specifications indicate that the new YZF-R15 will make a marginally lower power output than the old motorcycle. As seen in the documents, the upcoming YZF-R15 will draw 18.1bhp (13.5kW) of power from the 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine as opposed to the old model’s 18.3bhp (13.7kW) output.
The updated hardware and styling should push the prices higher, and the latest variant of the YZF-R15 will arrive at a premium over the old model. We expect an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of approximately Rs 1.6 lakh.