Recently launched Yamaha R15 V3 in India is priced at Rs.1.25 lakh. The thought persists in everybody’s mind that how the company managed to launch a bike priced IDR 34.5 million (INR 1.63 lakh approx) in India for such a lower price.
Even the production cost cannot be covered with such a difference in price. Therefore, the company made some modifications in a component list to put a bike on such a price range. Although, the replaced components are not of low quality. The company just utilized part sharing for a shorter price range.
Here is the list of changes you can look out in India and Indonesia specific Yamaha R15 Version 3.0:
MRF Tyres Vs. IRC Tyres
As MRF is an Indian company and sourcing tyres from it also further reduced the cost of the bike. Only few will bring the bike to the nearby track and thus cannot judge the difference between IRC and MRF tyres in normal life.
Difference In Torque Value
The slight tuning has been done with the torque value of older R15 V2 and it made the bike 2.3 HP more powerful than the existing variant. Indonesian spec bike acquires a torque of 14.7 Nm.
The Indian Yamaha R15 V3 is able to churn out a maximum power of 19.3 HP at 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 15 NM at 8500 rpm. The 155.1cc engine of the bike comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox setup and Variable Valves Actuation (VVA).
R15 V3 is the first 150cc sports bike in the country getting Assist & Slipper Clutch (ASC). The maximum obtainable speed of the bike is 136 kmph and mileage of 40-45 kmpl.
Telescopic Forks Vs. USD Forks
India specific version uses telescopic suspension in place of USD forks. This replacement helps new Yamaha R15 in large cost-cutting. They are testing and trying the suspension of the last generation in order to make the price under check without disturbing its performance.
India-spec Yamaha R15 V3 has options in shades including Racing Blue and Thunder Grey and Indonesia specific has Matte Red, Matte Black, and a different combination of Racing Blue as the options.
Difference In Mileage
India specific bike is available with a ground clearance of 170mm whereas Indonesia specific bike gets 155mm of GC which is 15mm low comparatively. This became possible with adjustment to lower panels as seat height remains untouched.
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Size Of Rear Disc Brake:
Indonesian model has 240mm of rear disc brake whereas Indian mode has 220mm size of a rear disc brake. This also assists the company to cut down cost by deciding a component that is produced at large scale.
New Front Fender Design
Although, the front fender design has nothing to deal with cost-cutting purpose, the India-spec model gets different design than Indonesian parts without affecting the performance at all.
Rear Seat Foot Pegs Are Different
Indonesian version has aluminum foot peg holder as compared to Indian, a black finished steel rear seat foot peg assembly. This is another cost-cutting initiative from the company side to make it more approachable for many customers in India.
The addition of Saree guard and other components in weight increases 2 Kg for India-spec model, although the weight load reduces for riders in first go only and does not panic the riders much as well.
Rear Tyre Hugger
In India, the roads are most of the time clogged with water and therefore, the rear tyre hugger will support the rider to reach the desired place without obtaining mud around the tyre.
So, this is how cost-cutting for Yamaha R15 V3 has been taken place to make it suitable for the Indian market.