New Delhi: India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. today took the veils of its premium mototrcycle, billed as the 'super sports' Yamaha YZF-R15, first announced at Auto Expo 2008 in New Delhi in January, for "road riders who are ready to accept the challenge of the racetrack."
Earlier in December the company had announced taht it would market its 1680cc MT 01 and the 998cc YZF R1, brought in as completely built units, and priced at a steep ex-showroom price of Rs 10.5 lakh each. (See: Yamaha launches premium end bikes)
The technology in YZF-R15 has percolated from R1 (deltabox frame / fuel injection / 6 speed gearbox / styling / liquid cooled 4V engine). Just like the R1 it is light weight, it has power on demand, centralised mass, stopping power, aerodynamics, ergonomics, stability / rigidity. It has the controllability and manoeuvrability to maximise riding / cornering / braking performance.
Unveiling YZF-R15 during a select media tour for test ride at Irungattukottai Race Track, Chennai, CEO and India Yamaha's managing director, Tsutomu Mabuchi said, ''With the launch of YZF-R15, Yamaha unleashes its strategic intent to offer superior products in India and is poised to provide Indian sports bike enthusiasts with the combined thrill of technological superiority and artistic brilliance.''
''Yamaha has always kept up with new technology while constantly bringing it to the next level. With India's first liquid cooled, 4-valve fuel injected engine, YZF-R15 comes with R1 DNA. The bike has many firsts to its credit, high performance DiASil cylinder, forged piston, deltabox frame, linked type monocross suspension and sharp dual headlights,'' he added.
The company said in a statement, the Indian biking market is undergoing a paradigm shift in tune with the overall shift in the economy. "The Indian biker is today technology and style conscious rather than driven by economy," it said.
YZF-R15's super sports design packed with state-of-the-art technology provides excellent performance on roads outside the cities and winding roads in the suburban areas. In comparison to cast steel liner type aluminum cylinders, Yamaha DiASil cylinder - an all-aluminum die-cast cylinder is said to provide 60 per cent better cooling performance and enables 30 per cent lighter design which results in better power to weight ratio. The forged piston used on R15 is made with Yamaha ''controlled forging technology'' having excellent strength characteristics that enable the design of a thinner, lighter piston with smaller reciprocating mass achieving higher rpm and performance.
While the 4-valve hemispherical combustion chamber adds to the engine performance by completely burning of the fuel, environment-friendly FI system provides breathtaking throttle response & good fuel efficiency. Used on Yamaha Moto GP and R series bikes, the Deltabox frame offers excellent rigidity balance and sporty handling and the Linked Type Monocross suspension provides light handling and cornering. Six speed transmissions adopted from R1, enables sprint and agile riding, feeling of power throughout the rpm range, besides good fuel economy. Last but not the least, the Sharp Dual Headlights of YZF-R15 clearly reflects the razor sharp image of R1.
The YZF-R15 will be offered in 2 colours, racing blue and black. The bike will be priced at Rs.97,425, ex-showroom (All India).
Yamaha YZF - R15
150cc liquid cooled fuel injected
4-valve combustion chamber.
High-performance DiASil cylinder
Linked type monocross suspension
Tyre Front - F 80/90 -17 inches tubeless.
Rear Tyre -100/80-17 inches tubeless .
Brakes- Front and Rear Disc
12-Liter Fuel Tank
Wheelbase - 1290mm
Overall Width - 670mm
Overall Length- 1995mm
Overall Height - 1070mm
Minimum Ground Clearance - 160mm