It gets a matte black scheme as well as the bikemaker’s new racing blue livery
Yamaha has launched two new colours for the YZF R15 in Malaysia: matte black and Yamaha’s racing blue livery. Both colour schemes are pretty similar to the ones we have here in India. The matte black colour, for instance, looks identical except for the glossy tank, use of graphics, and the absence of rim tapes.
Same goes for the racing blue, which is a slightly lighter shade and features a matte grey coloured front fender and rear quarter panels, and side fairings finished in blue. The India-spec model, on the other hand, gets a blue and black paint scheme.
No other changes have been made apart from the addition of these new colours. The one aspect we really miss is the gold-painted USD forks that are available on the Malaysia-spec model. But, as everyone probably knows by now, it doesn’t make much of a difference when it comes down to handling. The R15 available in India handles like a dream.
The Yamaha R15 V3 sold in Malaysia makes a bit more power and torque compared to its Indian counterpart. It develops 19.2PS and 14.7Nm, as opposed to 18.6PS and 14.1Nm here in India. The power difference is down to the strict BS6 emission norms.
On a slightly different note, Yamaha India had launched a ‘virtual store’ for the convenience of customers. Yamaha dealers will also provide facilities such as contactless delivery and interactions with their personnel via chat apps. More details here.