UPDATE 23/09/2021: Yamaha Motor Australia told INFO MOTO that it expects the new YZF-R15 to arrive in local showrooms in June, 2022.

22/09/2021: Yamaha’s smallest capacity supersports model, the YZF-R15, has undergone a significant update with refreshed styling, and tech inclusions traditionally reserved for larger motorcycles.

It is unclear if the model revealed overseas will replace the current YZF-R15 offering in Australia, that is currently sold from $4949 rideaway, however, INFO MOTO has contacted a spokesperson from Yamaha and will update this story accordingly.

The new YZF-R15 adopts Yamaha’s ‘R Series’ design language that debuted this year with the MT-07-based YZF-R7 sportsbike.

In Asian markets, the new single-cylinder supersports model is now available with upside-down forks to replace the outgoing model’s conventional suspension setup.

New Yamaha YZF-R15 2022

The bike also incudes traction control and a quickshifter (upshift only) for the first time, as well as a single LED headlight and a new LCD instrument display with smartphone connectivity.

The new styling puts the YZF-R15 in line with its larger siblings, with a sporty tank, fairing and seat-unit reminiscent of the flagship Yamaha R1. Spy shots also indicate that the next YZF-R3 will take on a similar design.

Notably, the YZF-R15 will be offered in Asian markets in a special ‘M’ variant that is distinguished by a unique silver and black colour scheme.

Like the current model, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R15 draws power from a 155cc single that generates a modest 13kW and 14Nm.

Yamaha YZF-R9?

Leaked documents bolster rumours that Yamaha is to release an all-new R9 supersports model, based on its popular MT-09 naked bike platform, that will sit above the smaller R7 and R3 in its fully faired ‘YZF’ line-up.

As the R7 is based on the MT-07, it is likely that the Japanese brand will give a similar treatment to its MT-09 to create the upcoming R9.

This means that we can expect the R9, or YZF-R9 formally, to draw power from a familiar 889cc triple engine generating 87.5kW and 93Nm, though it will gain a unique fairing and ergonomic adjustments better suited for track riding.

It will also benefit from the MT-09’s strong six-axis electronics suite and up/down quickshifter, but may come at a premium over the naked bike’s $15,249 rideaway pricetag.

INFO MOTO anticipates that the YZF-R9 will feature a similar single-LED front-end design as the YZF-R7 in keeping with the design language of the range.

This new-look front-end was spotted on a YZF-R3 test mule recently, indicating that Yamaha is looking to unify the styling of its line-up.

New Yamaha YZF-R15M 2022

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