Yamaha recently launched the much-anticipated MT-15 Version 2.0 in India, priced at Rs 1,59,900 (ex-showroom Delhi). This marks the first significant update for the popular naked bike since its debut. In May 2023, Yamaha’s domestic sales reached an impressive figure of 53,751 units, representing a significant YoY growth of 19.69 percent. This notable surge in sales is a remarkable improvement from the 44,907 units sold in the same month of the previous year, May 2022.
Let’s explore the key enhancements of the new model over its predecessor and evaluate whether the price premium is justified.
1. USD Fork for Enhanced Handling
One notable improvement in the Yamaha Mt 15 V2 features is the introduction of 37mm upside-down forks borrowed from the Yamaha R15 V4.
This upgrade adds to the bike’s premium look and promises to deliver better handling and overall riding experience. The original MT-15 featured a telescopic fork, and this change represents a noteworthy advancement in the bike’s front suspension system.
2. Goodbye Box Swingarm
To further enhance the bike’s riding dynamics, Yamaha has bid farewell to the box-section swingarm used in the first-generation model.
Instead, they have incorporated an aluminium swingarm in the MT-15 Version 2.0, contributing to the bike’s nimble and agile nature. This change is expected to be well-received by riders, as it can positively impact the bike’s overall performance and cornering capabilities.
3. Upgraded Bluetooth Connectivity
Regarding technology, the MT-15 Version 2.0 takes a step forward with an advanced LCD unit derived from the R15 V4. The previous model featured a basic LCD instrument console, but this upgrade brings more functionality and aesthetics to the dashboard.
Additionally, Yamaha has integrated the Y-Connect Bluetooth Connectivity module, allowing riders to receive call and SMS alerts. While navigation features are absent, this still represents a notable improvement in terms of connectivity and rider convenience.
4. More Torque, Slightly Less Power
Yamaha has made adjustments to the engine configuration in the MT-15 Version 2.0. While it delivers a slightly lower power output of 18.4PS at 10,000rpm compared to 18.5PS at 10,000rpm in the older model, it compensates with more torque.
The new version produces 14.1Nm of torque at 7500rpm, whereas the previous model churned out 13.9Nm at 8500rpm. The increased torque and earlier torque peak should benefit city riding, providing riders with improved low-end power and responsiveness.
5. Pricing and Color Options
The Yamaha MT-15 Version 2.0 is available in two captivating new colours: Cyan Storm and Racing Blue. Let’s take a look at how the new Yamaha MT 15 V2 price in India compare to those of the older model:
|Yamaha MT-15 (Old)
|Yamaha MT-15 Version 2.0 (New)
|Monster Energy MotoGP
Additionally, Yamaha offers a ‘Customise your Warrior’ program, which allows customers to choose custom paint options for the body, alloy wheels, and graphics for a premium of Rs 4,000 or more above the standard choices.
Conclusion: Is the Price Premium Justified?
This Yamaha Bike model undoubtedly brings several significant updates, including improved suspension, swingarm, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, it is important for potential buyers to carefully consider whether these enhancements justify the Rs 13,000 price increase over the outgoing model. Some enthusiasts might also note that the absence of dual-channel ABS and specific aesthetic updates could have been addressed at this price point.
While the MT-15 Version 2.0 undoubtedly offers better features and performance, prospective buyers should weigh these improvements against their individual preferences and requirements. In summary, Yamaha has taken a step in the right direction with Version 2.0, but a more comprehensive package could have made the price premium easier to justify.
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