Yamaha MT-15 Could Come To India And Its Positioning Would Be Against Pulsar NS200
After establishing R15 V3 in India, the Yamaha is now preparing for the launch of its naked version, MT-15. For the first time, the test mule of MT-15 has been spotted in India, indicating that the launch plan of the bike is on the track. MT15 shares the chassis and other mechanical hardware with R15 V3 although its styling is inspired by MT range which is known for its aggressive character.
Yamaha MT-15 will feature dual-LED headlamps, sculpted fuel tank, stepped seat, sporty rear, and mean-looking tires. Thai-spec version of the bike features upside-down telescopic front suspension system but Yamaha would replace this arrangement with the regular one in India to save the cost – similar to what it did in case of R15 V3. Apart from the suspension system, there are many other areas where corners have been cut to keep the cost in check. Take, for instance, a slightly different fuel tank, differently designed alloys, simpler belly pan, tyres and a seat that is an one piece unit to make it more comfortable for pillion.
MT-15 shares the engine with R15 V3 which means a 155 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine will power the bike. Yamaha is yet to release the power and torque output although on R15 this motor makes 19.3PS and 15Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The engine delivers the power via a 6-speed gearbox which get assistance from a slipper clutch.
In terms of pricing, the MT-15 is expected to come at a retail price close to the R15 which is sold in the range of Rs 1.27 lakh (non-ABS version) and Rs 1.39 lakh (Dual-ABS version), both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi. We expect that Yamaha will launch MT15 in only dual-ABS version. In terms of competition, the new MT15 will take on the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and KTM Duke among others.
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