Undisguised clear shots of the Yamaha MT-15 have been leaked. The naked performance bike is scheduled to launch on 15th March at the Buddh International Circuit.
As we all know, Yamaha is launching the new MT-15 in India. Ahead of the launch next month, first undisguised spy shots of the bike have been leaked. Based on the shots, we can easily differentiate it from the global-spec version.
Yamaha MT-15 has already been spotted earlier, a couple of times. It will be based on the R15 V3, and is actually called a naked version of the R15. The engine, suspension, brakes and the chassis will be shared by both the bikes.
The spotted MT-15 gets scaled-down tank creases, a different set of alloy wheels and missing dual-tone paint job. The tires are from MRF, which is a serious cost saving technique.
However, bug-eyed headlights, seating style, instrument cluster and the rear portion of the India-spec version is the same as on the global version. Yamaha terms MT-15 as the ‘Dark side of Japan’.
In terms of equipment, the Yamaha MT-15 misses out on Upside-Down forks and uses conventional telescopic forks. At the back, the monoshock is retained. The same suspension setup is found on the R15 V3.
MT-15 uses R15 V3’s 155cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine that is tuned to deliver 19.3 BHP at 10000 RPM and 14.8 Nm of torque at 8500 RPM. As obvious, the motor will be tuned to a 6-speed gearbox and Fuel Injection system.
Just like the R15 V3, the Yamaha MT-15 will also be very fuel efficient. On our test, R15 delivered a jaw-dropping mileage of 51 kmpl. Thanks to the VVA system, the amount of fuel supplied to the engine remains under control.
Features onboard will include LED headlamps, a fully digital instrument cluster, a single seat and dual-channel ABS setup. ABS will come in as a standard fitment.
We expect the prices of MT-15 to undercut that of R15, possibly between Rs 1.2 Lakhs to Rs 1.3 Lakhs (ex-showroom). The ABS-updated R15 now costs Rs 1.39 Lakhs.
It will compete with the likes of TVS Apache RTR 200, Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and KTM Duke 125. Upcoming rival includes Aprilia Tuono 150, which will be perfect competition.
Image Source – MT-15 Crew