The rising input costs are likely to be the reason behind this price hike.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 has just seen its price being hiked by Rs. 2000/-. This takes its overall price to Rs. 1.27 lakhs from the earlier Rs. 1.25 lakhs (both prices, ex-showroom, Mumbai). The company has not given out any reason for this hike but it is most likely to be the rising input costs that is forcing other manufacturers too to take the same route.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 was introduced in India to replace the version 2 earlier this year. It comes with an all-new design that has been inspired from its elder siblings, the Yamaha YZF-R6 and YZF-R1. It has a more aerodynamic design which looks sharp. The overall dimensions of the R15 also look more proportional than the earlier model.
Powering the Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 is a more powerful, 155cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that produces 19.03 HP at 10,000 RPM and a maximum 15 Nm of torque at 8500 RPM. It redlines at a pretty high, 11,500 RPM and the power really rushes in after the 6500 RPM mark. The R15 gets a 6-speed gearbox with slip and assist clutch to make the clutch feel lighter and make downshifts more fun.
Feature-wise, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 gets an all-digital instrument cluster with gear-shift timing light, LED headlight and taillight and variable valves actuation (VVA) for good power and torque delivery throughout the entire rev range. It is disappointing to see Yamaha not offering Bluetooth connectivity with the R15 which even the scooters nowadays come with. ABS too is not available.
The price hike for the Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 still makes it a decent value for money proposition for those who are looking for an entry-level faired sports bike. But considering that its more powerful naked cousin, the Yamaha FZ25 is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai), the R15 does become vulnerable to cannibalisation from its family member.
Yamaha R15 Price Increased
– The bike’s price has been hiked by Rs. 2000/-
– It now costs Rs. 1.27 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
– No reason has been given by the company but we cite it to be increased input costs