Launch of the 2021 Yamaha R15 V4 and R15M
Yamaha R15 takes on other entry-level sports bikes such as the Suzuki Gixxer SF and the upcoming KTM RC 125
Yamaha unveiled the new generation R15 in India which was officially named YZF R15 V4. The latest iteration of the entry-level supersport bike has received some serious styling updates over the outgoing model, along with crucial mechanical updates that make it sportier not only in terms of looks, but also Character.
The next-gen R15 also comes with a new premium M trim which contains additional freebies over the standard variant. It has also received some interesting colors which give the bike a new appeal. The next-gen model started arriving at dealerships across the country on its own last month.
The 2021 YZF R15 V4 and R15M prices will be unveiled shortly. The official TVC video is now available. Hats off to Torque TV for sharing the video. The new R15 is visibly inspired by the styling of the larger and more powerful mid-weight R7 supersport.
This includes a redesigned front end with a revised front apron featuring a new single beam LED projector headlight flanked by LED DRLs on both sides. This is a radical change from the dual-beam headlights of the outgoing model. In addition, Yamaha also installed new body panels on the new R15. Other styling details include a redesigned rear section, revised fairings and a muscular fuel tank.
New body graphics also enhance the sporty appeal of the bike. These include a special Monster Energy branded livery from the MotoGP edition on the front apron. The exhaust silencer appears to be chunkier than that of its predecessor and gets a metallic finish.
Due to the revised exhaust configuration, the passenger footrests have also been repositioned. Color-coded alloy wheels are another aesthetic addition to the new generation R15 that accentuates its sporty credentials.
Updated mechanics, characteristics
Yamaha has finally heard the prayers of all cycling enthusiasts in India and gifted the next-gen R15 with a pair of gold-colored USD forks ahead of time. The rear suspension functions are handled by a single shock unit. Stopping tasks are performed by disc brakes at both ends, supplemented as standard by dual-channel ABS. Other new features include a revised full digital LCD instrument console enabled by Yamaha’s Y-Connect connectivity feature and Bluetooth.
Other features include full LED lighting, an engine stop switch on the sidestand and two-tone horns. The R15 is still powered by the same 155cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. The VVA engine develops 18.3 hp and 14.1 Nm of maximum torque.