Yamaha’s “supercub”, the Y15ZR, has received an update for 2016 – a new colour scheme in a rather fetching shade of grey with a purple tint. Retailing at RM8,210 including GST, this kapchai takes it styling cues from Yamaha YZF range of sports and superbikes.

Carrying a 150 cc four-valve, four-stroke, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine fed by EFI, the Yamaha Y15ZR gets the power to the ground via a five-speed gearbox and chain final drive. Power is claimed to be 15.1 hp at 8,500 rpm, while torque is rated at 13.8 Nm at 7,000 rpm.

Braking is with a single hydraulic disc in front and rear. The under-seat tank carries 4.2-litres of fuel, with a very rider-friendly seat height of 670 mm.

The total weight of the Yamaha Y15ZR is 115 kg, and suspension is with a standard telescopic fork in front, and monoshock at the back. Aside from the new 2016 colour of grey, two other colour options are available – blue and red – while the previous option of black has been discontinued.

Retailing for RM8,210 including GST, but excluding insurance and road tax, the 2016 Yamaha Y15ZR goes up against the recently launched 2016 Honda RS150R, which goes for RM8,213.94 for the standard, and RM8,374.94 for the advanced, including GST.