Recently launched in India and priced at 1.25 lakh rupees (RM7,364), the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 drew a lot of interest from readers. Many like the looks of the R15 V3.0, with its full-fairing sports bike styling, and asked if it was ever going to come to Malaysia.

Well, reader Pakcik Misai sent in some photos of the YZF-R15 V3.0 parked in an undisclosed location, sans number plates. Decked out in Yamaha’s sports livery of Racing Blu and Silver, the R15 V3.0 might be appearing in the Malaysia market soon, as many readers are hoping.

The R15, now in its third iteration as Yamaha’s “baby” sports bike, comes with a SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-valve, single-cylinder mill displacing 155 cc and producing 19 hp at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. Fuelling is by EFI and a six-speed gearbox delivers power to the rear wheel.

Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) is used to provide low-end torque and high-end performance using two intake cams, the same system as used in the Yamaha NVX 155. An assist and slipper clutch is also installed to reduce clutch lever effort and eliminate rear-wheel hop during deceleration.

LED lighting is found all-round on the R15 V3.0 and an LCD instrument panel is found inside the cockpit. We have no details as to how and why this particular 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is in Malaysia and official distributors Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia declined to comment.