The eagerly anticipated Version 3.0 of the Yamaha YZF-R15 has finally shown itself at a dealer stockyard in Thailand, indicating an imminent launch. While theses spy image do not reveal all, the aesthetic updates can be narrowed down to an all-new full fairing, and probably a redesigned tail section.
The new fairing incorporates a pair of tweaked head lamps that are somewhat inspired by the ones on the YZF-R25/R3. While they do not feature LED or projector illumination, they make the front end look a whole lot sharper. Twin pilot lamps can be seen nested at the edge of each headlamp cluster, while both seem to be bridged by a third pilot lamp in the middle. The rest of the new fairing’s design also takes a cue from the YZF-R25/R3’s job, but continue to sport the stacked vents near the rider’s knees on either side.
The fuel tank appears to be similar to the Version 2.0, and so does the Delta box frame. However, the tail section, the seats and the tail lamp, though not visible in these images, could be redesigned for Version 3.0. Unlike the M-Slaz however, the R15 Version 3.0 will not feature USD front forks, but will continue with the traditional telescopic forks.
Reports suggest that the new Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 3.0 would be powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 155cc engine. What that means is that the model would produce higher power and torque outputs as compared to the current 149cc motor, that’s good for 17 PS of power and 15 Nm of torque. It is believed that the new engine will produce a power output in the range of 18-20 PS while the peak torque could be bumped up to 17-18 Nm. The six-speed transmission should be carried over unchanged.