In the sport underbone segment, the Yamaha Sniper is arguably one of the most sought-after models not only here in the Philippines but also in other Southeast Asian countries.
Just before 2020 ended, Vietnam unveiled the 2021 Sniper, complete with major upgrades.
Known in Vietnam as the “Exciter,” the 2021 model will now be powered by a 155cc engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA).
If the engine sounds familiar to you, that’s because it was derived from the current engine of the R15 series, which is also the same engine that powers the XSR 155, MT-15, and the WR 155.
New for 2021
Besides the new 155cc powerplant, the new Sniper 155 also looks more like Yamaha’s flagship models, the R1 and the R6 sportbikes. This is thanks to changes to the headlight and tail light designs that make use of LED lighting.
The new Sniper also features convenience upgrades like a keyless ignition system, multi-function LCD screen, and built-in smartphone charger.
Other upgrades include a new sporty seat and a large 5.4-liter fuel tank.
So far, there is no word from Yamaha Philippines about the release date and pricing of the new 155cc Sniper in our country. Nonetheless, it's possible it may arrive within the year.
Besides the 2021 Sniper, Yamaha Sniper social media groups have been circulating what could be the future of the Sniper. Dubbed as the F155 prototype, this concept underbone features more aggressive styling comparable to a space ship, dual belly exhausts, wide rims to accommodate larger racing tires, and a rear that is undeniably R1-inspired.