Yamaha MT15 has been launched in India today. The new streetfighter takes its inspiration from Yamaha MT series – to the likes of MT10 and MT09 and is priced at Rs. 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This bike will go up against TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the KTM 125 Duke.
Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India, said, “With the new trends of motorcycling in India wherein the riders want diverse experiences with speed and controls, the entry of MT-15 is inevitable. The launch of the new MT-15 will further multiply the brand’s excitement as it would entice customers in exciting, stylish and sporty motorcycling with its unique torque and agility along with design excellence and engineering.”
The bike comes in two color schemes: Dark Matte Blue and Metallic Black. The MT15 uses 155 cc liquid cooled SOHC engine with VVA tech and to the rider amuse, it gets a slipper clutch. The R15V3 sourced engine is tuned differently on this streetfighter for better acceleration but in terms of power figures it stands same as R15V3 at 19 bhp and 14.7 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to the same 6-speed gearbox. For the character of streetfighter, Yamaha has done changes to final gear ratios and ECU is also programmed to extract better low and mid-range power from the engine. This has resulted in being MT-15 quicker than the R15, but the naked version tops out more quickly than R15.
The Bike rides on standard twin forks up front and monoshock at the rear. Braking is done by twin discs with single channel ABS. On how it rides, we cannot comment till we get our hands on it. STAY TUNED!