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2017 Yamaha R15 v3 vs Yamaha R15 v2 Comparison

So the 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 is finally out, and we just can’t wait for its India launch! The new 2017 R15 V3.0 looks like a major overhaul and is far more than merely a cosmetic update. However, one thing that would be interesting to note is the advantages it would carry over the much loved R15 V2.0. The Yamaha R15 V2 is already a pretty good product. Let’s not forget that the R15 became the first bike to bring track-focused machinery to the masses. The R15 V2.0 made the bike even more likeable. However, competition has long since caught up. Need of the hour is a comprehensively updated R15 and the v3 could be just that. We compare the old and the new R15s in our 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 comparison here to give you a better idea of how different the two bikes are.

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2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Price

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Yamaha R15 V2
Price Rs. 1.35 Lakh* Rs. 1.18 Lakh**

*expected, **ex-showroom

Prices will be revealed only at the time of official launch in India. However, it would be only safe to assume that the R15 V3 will be slightly pricier than the current model. However, the enhanced specifications and fresher styling should completely justify the higher price tag.

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Specifications

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Yamaha R15 V2
Engine 155cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 149cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled
Max. Power 19.31 PS 17 PS
Peak Torque 14.7 Nm 15 Nm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Front Suspension USDs Conventional Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension Monoshock Monoshock

The new 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 comes with a bigger engine and more power. No surprise then, that, the new R15 V3.0 will find it easy to outperform the R15 V2.0. Compared to the R15 V2’s 149cc engine, the V3.0 gets a 155cc mill from the Yamaha NMax. It also benefits from a slipper clutch and Variable Valve Actuation. Also, the R15 V3 comes with USD front forks, a feature we sorely missed on the R15 V2.

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2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Mileage

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Yamaha R15 V2
Average Mileage 35 KMPL 38 KMPL

The fuel average mileage will be almost the same. However, the V3 could be just a wee bit thirstier. This would be owing to a slightly bigger engine and more power. However, the difference in the mileage figures will be still almost negligible, which means prospective buyers won’t have much to complain about.

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Top Speed

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 Yamaha R15 V2
Top Speed 135 KMPH* 130 KMPH


Thanks to more power, the R15 V3.0 will enjoy a higher top speed. Actual figures are yet to be revealed, but it would be safe to assume that the 2017 R15 will be marginally faster than the model it replaces.

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Design

The new 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 definitely looks a lot sportier than the R15 V2. It gets many new body panels, which, along with the new USDs, make the V3.0 look like a bigger machine. Also, the new paint options and decals make the bike look more attractive. The ‘pièce de résistance’, however, are those stylish LED headlamps. The R15 V3.0 also gets a new speedo and a better riding position. While the R15 V2.0 received a lot of flak for its very uncomfortable pillion seat, the V3.0 isn’t likely to face this issue. At first glance, the new 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 seems to bear a resemblance with the Honda CBR600RR. However, a closer look reveals the bike actually takes some design cues from YZF R125 and YZF R6. Basically, all this is definitely a lot fresher than the mini-me R1 looks of the V2.0.

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Features

The new 2017 Yamaha YZF R15 Version 3.0 is high on features. While some of these are also present on the R15 V2.0, the others are a welcome addition. Here’s what the new R15’s features list comprises of

  • Twin LED Headlamps
  • Fairing-mounted Rear View Mirrors\
  • Upside Down Front Forks
  • Digital Speedo Console
  • Clip-ons Handlebar
  • Tank Protector
  • Body Decals
  • Aircraft-type Fuel Filler Cap
  • Split Seats
  • Rear Mono-suspension
  • Alloy Foot-pegs
  • LED Taillight
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Tubeless Tyres
  • Front Disc Brake
  • Rear Disc Brake
  • Sporty Rear Registration Plate Bracket
  • Slipper Clutch

2017 Yamaha R15 V3 vs Yamaha R15 V2 Verdict

As can be clearly made out from this comparison, the R15 V3 has a lot more going for it than the V2.0. True, it will also bear a higher price tag, but there are good chances that the higher asking price will be justified by the gains in performance, features and styling. We are very happy with the way the R15 has evolved. And guess what, we just can’t wait to swing a leg over this new baby and hit the mountains for some apex hunting! The new 2017 Yamaha R15 V3 seems to be a much better product than its predecessor.

So, what do you say about our 2017 Yamaha R15 v3 vs Yamaha R15 v2 comparison story? Do you have some more parameters where you want us to compare the two bikes? Let us know by commenting below.