Yamaha Motor India has refreshed the 2013 model of the R15 Version 2.0 sports motorcycle with new paint jobs. The 2013 Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 comes with four new paint jobs, Racing Blue, Invincible Black, Raring Red and Thundering Green. The R15s with the new paint jobs are already being shipped out to Yamaha India showrooms across the country. So, folks who’re in the market for an R15 can opt for the new paint job. With the advent of the 2013 R15, the 2012 models of the R15 Version 2.0 is expected to sell at dealer discounts. So, prospective buyers could negotiate a couple of thousand rupees as discounts on the 2012 model of the R15.
The Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 is a restyled version of the popular R15 sports motorcycle. The restyling, that happened in late 2011 gave the R15 much sharper looks. Prominent design changes on the R15 Version 2.0 include a raised rear and fatter tyres. Yamaha has also remapped the ECU of the R15 Version 2.0 to deliver better performance at the lower end of the rev range. The R15 is powered by a 150cc liquid cooled four stroke engine that features a four valve SOHC layout. This motor is fuel injected and produces a peak power of 17 Bhp at 8,500 rpm while peak torque is rated at 13.6 Nm at 7,500 Rpm.
The R15 gets a close ratio 6 speed manual gearbox that is one of the slickest gearboxes in town. When it was first launched in 2008, the Yamaha R15 was the most technologically advanced motorcycle to be built in India. The motorcycle is famed for its excellent handling dynamics with a Deltabox aluminum frame at the heart of the matter. This rear of the R15 is suspended by a monoshock unit. The Yamaha R15 competes with the Honda CBR150R in the 150cc sportsbike segment of the Indian motorcycle segment.
When compared with the Honda CBR150R, the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 offers much better value and this reflects in its sales. The R15 outsells the CBR150R many times over. That said, the CBR150R comes with a more relaxed riding position. Launched as a motorcycle aimed at track enthusiasts, Yamaha has been running a racing effort in India, that encourages amateur riders to race their R15s at racing circuits at Sriperumbudur, off Chennai and the Kari speedway, at Coimbatore. The Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 is priced at INR 1.1 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.