Yamaha MT-15 Could Come To India And Its Positioning Would Be Against Pulsar NS200
Yamaha is gearing to launch its 150cc sport-naked MT-15 bike in India next year. The MT-15 is expected to be the company’s premium offering and will share underpinnings with R15 V 3.0. The bike will be powered by the liquid-cooled 155 cc engine that powers the R15 though how much it will produce in MT-15 is yet to be known.
In R15, this single cylinder engine delivers 19.3 bhp and 15Nm of max torque. The special feature of this engine is its variable valve actuation Technology which allows the bike to deliver decent low- and mid-range torque without compromising the thrill of top-end performance. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and features slip-assist clutch in R15. The MT-15 is expected to come with a conventional suspension setup similar to the R15.
We don’t expect any comprehensive change as Yamaha is expected to use R15’S monoshock, chassis, and Braking arrangement for the MT-15. That said, the MT-15 will come with ABS as a standard feature. The styling of MT-15 is inspired by its larger displacement siblings. The design highlights include a LED headlamp, sculpted fuel tank, and full-digital instrument cluster.
Coming to the parameter of price, Yamaha is likely to position MT-15 below the R15 which retails at Rs 1.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in the Indian market. However, we don’t expect much difference in the prices of R15 and MT-15 as both of these offerings are closely matched on the specifications and equipment.
On its arrival, the Yamaha MT-15 will take on higher capacity bikes such as Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. It will be interesting to witness the response of Indian buyers towards the upcoming Yamaha MT-15 which is lighter than most of the 200cc bikes in market but feels almost equally quick in its acceleration.