Yamaha R15M WGP 60th Anniversary Edition Review


With the new R15 V4, Yamaha has brought everything that they could for the R15 and it boasts quite a few features that are unheard of in the segment. We’ll break it down systematically and see if the latest iteration can live up to the legacy created by the R15.

Starting with the looks, the new R15 looks smashing in all its shades be it Racing Blue or the MotoGP-inspired colour scheme of the R15M. Even more so in this special WGP 60th Anniversary Edition. First of all, the magic begins with the redesigned front fascia. It is now closer than ever to its elder sibling, the R7.

The fairing has been redesigned which not only makes it look better but also makes it more aerodynamic. The new bi-functional LED headlamp and the LED DRLs gel well with the cowl and overall the new R15 stands apart and looks like a much bigger motorcycle than it actually is.

As we move towards the rear, you would notice that it shares most of its design traits with the R15 V3. This works very well in its favour as it looks really good, giving the R15 the proper appeal of a supersport machine. Now, let us talk about the bits that are specific to the R15M WGP 60th Anniversary Edition.

The first thing you are going to notice is the colour scheme. In celebration of Yamaha’s 60 years in Grand Prix racing, the R15M gets the iconic White and Red ‘speed block’ colour scheme. There’s also a Yamaha Golden Tuning Fork Logo along with a 60th WGP logo on the tank. The wheels are golden too on both the ends and further distinguish this model as a special edition R15M. An embroidered R15M logo on the seat completes the changes that define this special edition.

Now, mechanically there are no changes and the R15M WGP 60th Anniversary Edition is identical to the base R15M model which means it gets all the bells and whistles such as quickshifter and traction control.

In terms of the engine performance, Yamaha has tweaked the highly potent mill a bit. The motorcycle is now powered by a 155cc mill that makes 18.4 PS of power and 14.2 Nm of torque. The peak torque also comes in 1,000 rpm earlier. That aside, the engine still gets VVA to broaden the powerband and make the motorcycle more responsive in the lower rev range.

The new R15M is a superiorly rewarding motorcycle when ridden hard. The upper midrange and the top end are blistering and it is an ode to what a gem of a motor this 155cc engine is. It just keeps revving and keeps asking for more which makes the R15M a fun and engaging motorcycle to ride. Another nod to its top end and rev-happy nature is that when you put the motorcycle in Track Mode, the rev counter starts from 6,000 rpm.

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