Yamaha launched the all new MT-15 in India at Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Greater Noida. Bikers eagerly awaited its launch in India since its global debut in Thailand last year. 2019 Yamaha MT 15 is priced at 1.36 lakh available in two colours – Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue.
Yamaha MT 15 Specifications
The biking enthusiasts would like to know that the new MT-15 (155 cc) mounts a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 6-speed transmission, 155cc fuel-injected engine along with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) system on a Delta box frame. The new MT-15 triggers agile and strong-feeling acceleration and flaunts standout traits of the styling with enhanced control postures along with A&S clutch and single-channel ABS.
MT 15 Made-In-India at Greater Noida Unit
Yamaha MT-15 is part of make-in-India project and manufactured at Surajpur manufacturing unit in Greater Noida. The hyper-naked Yamaha MT-15 is placed in the segment along with KTM 125 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS200.
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Mr. Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies during the launch of the new MT-15 said,
“Today’s customers look for variety and diverse range of products. We at Yamaha will always try to introduce new biking experiences to our customers & excite them with products & services that exceed customer expectations. Yamaha will offer 3 motorcycle series in India under “The Call of the Blue” campaign, the ‘R series’, ‘FZ series’ and the new ‘MT series’. With the new trends of motorcycling in India wherein the riders want diverse experiences with speed and controls, the entry of MT-15 is inevitable. The launch of the new MT-15 will further multiply the brand’s excitement as it would entice customers in exciting, stylish and sporty motorcycling with its unique torque and agility along with design excellence and engineering.”
The Verdict is Out
Bikers were quite enthusiastic at the test ride. There has been quite a buzz about the launch of MT series bike in India for some months. After riding the Yamaha MT-15 at the Buddh International Circuit one thing was certain – “Yamaha MT-15 is a brilliant motorcycle”.
The test riders agreed the new MT-15 strikes the ideal balance of agile acceleration, agile handling and advanced design and is targeted for young generation who are transitioning from lower end two wheelers and are simultaneously looking for snappy rides with maximum feel of torque and acceleration. However, there were concerns over pricing being on the higher side during Q&A and expectations of double ABS. Overall, the excitement was palpable at the MT 15 launch press conference and test ride at Buddh International Circuit.
Yamaha dealerships have started bookings for the MT 15 bikes for a token of Rs 5,000 across the country with deliveries scheduled to begin soon.