We have been following the development of the 2017 Yamaha YZF - R15 V3.0 since the first spy shot was seen making the rounds on the internet even since early 2016. Post that, various render artists have imagined the motorcycle and have been updating their work as and when new information spruces up.
When the YZF - R15 rolled in 2008, Yamaha gathered enough success as it managed to capture the market leader boards. It gave us a product that was like a gateway for riders to get into the motorsport arena with this fully faired motorcycle having a powerful 150 cc mill. A lot of young riders opted for this superbike looker having a decent engine with high levels of refinement Yamaha is known for.
It was updated with a facelift in 2011 and the R15 V2.0 received a lot of pomp and fair due to its striking design which now looked even sharper with very acute angles from every corner of the motorcycle. Off late, the R15 lost its lustre because of the insane amount of competition but that is about to change. Some were not very impressed with the YZF R15s either. Maybe they were hoping for the V3.0. Luckily for us, news, spy shots and renderings of the upcoming R15 touted as V3.0 is filling the internet and we couldn’t have been much happier.
This time, the folks at MotoBlast are treating us with an insight into how the motorcycle might look in our favourite colours. We can see here that the R15 has been envisioned in five colours and all of them carry their own character of dark and menacing to fun and exciting. They include Black, Grey, Red/Black, Blue/Black and Yellow/Black.
Now, you know how your motorcycle will look and this will help you have better dreams too.
Renderings show us that with design cues taken over from other siblings including the YZF R125 and the YZF R6, the V3.0 is surely one of the bikes to look out for in 2017 and with it, Yamaha wants to bring in a lot of segment first including LED lighting, digital blue-lit instrumentation and fully faired new body panels including a faux air intake in between the headlight unit. This version will have a lower seating saddle including the pillion for a more comfortable access and riding position to be more track focused than before.
The engine will get a major overhaul and will feature a brand new 155cc mill that will pump out more power and torque than the V2.0. Obviously. It is said to give out a healthy 18-20 bhp while the peak torque could be bumped up to 17-18 Nm. It will be mated to a 6-spped transmission and expect a high level of refinement here. It might also feature the Double Over-Head Cam (DOHC), a step ahead of the Single SOHC in the V2.0.
Yamaha wants to show everyone that they are still in the 150cc game with a launch of the V3.0 to be somewhere in 2017.
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