Yamaha will soon launch the new MT-15 version 2.0 in the Indian market and unofficial bookings are already underway
Yamaha will unveil the updated MT-15 in India on the 11thM April 2022. Selected dealerships across the country have even started accepting unofficial pre-orders for it. The new motorcycle – MT-15 version 2.0 – will show a lot of changes from the previous model (which was discontinued earlier this year) in terms of aesthetics as well as mechanics.
The Yamaha MT-15 v2 is expected to get the same bicycle parts as the YZF-R14 v4. It will include a pair of USD front forks (with golden finish), a monocross link-type rear suspension (monoshock) and a Bluetooth-enabled LCD instrument console. The braking system will have single disc discs on both wheels (282 mm front and 220 mm rear).
The new MT-15 will probably eliminate single-channel ABS for dual-channel systems. The overall design of the motorcycle is not expected to change much, although new lever and paint options will be offered. The steep riding ergonomics will not change and the ride and handling balance will probably remain the same as the older version.
Yamaha MT-15 v2 will be powered by the same 155cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor YZF-R15 v4. The powerplant will deliver a maximum power of 18.4 PS (at 10,000 rpm) and a maximum torque of 14.2 Nm (7,500 rpm), combined with a 6-speed sequential transmission, with a slip and assist clutch on offer.
Thanks to VVA (Variable Valve Actuation), this engine delivers optimal power across the rev-band. This should be combined with the light expected weight of the MT-15 v2, resulting in impressive performance. Traction control and quickshifter can also be offered, possibly in higher variants.
With all the extra features on offer, the Yamaha MT-15 version 2.0 is expected to be significantly more expensive than previous versions. According to our dealer formulas, the price increase around Rs. 10,000 to 17,000 is expected in the new model. After launch, the MT-15 v2 will have no direct competitor in the Indian market, though its closest competitors will be the KTM 125 Duke and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V.
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