The 2015 Yamaha R3 will go on sale on 11th August in India with bookings commenced at dealerships and will be rivalling against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and KTM RC 390.
So Yamaha India is all prepped up to finally introduce its most awaited offering the ‘YZF-R3’ in the country on 11th August at the Buddh International Circuit. With fans patiently waiting for the bike for around a year now, the India spec R3 was recently snapped in Bangalore revealing the bike completely while also showing off its rather odd looking saree guard. The saree guard which is specific to the Indian market and is highly recommended from our side to be removed if you guys are opting for the bike.
The Yamaha R3 is manufactured at the automaker’s facility near Jakarta, Indonesia and will be locally assembled in India being brought in as a CKD unit. While most major components on the bike will be imported, certain parts are being locally sourced on the India spec R3, case in point being the MRF Zapper S tyres at the front and rear. The Japanese auto giant is reported to offer ABS as optional on the R3, contrary to earlier reports. While we cannot confirm the same at this point, the safety feature is highly recommended on this performance Yam.
In terms of performance, the Yamaha R3 draws power from a 321cc liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine with fuel injection that churns out 42 PS of power at 10,750 RPM and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9000 RPM, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike gets 50:50 weight distribution and weighs a decent 169 kgs. Suspension duties are performed by telescopic forks up front while the rear gets a monoshock setup. Braking performance comes from front and rear disc brakes, whereas the fuel tank capacity is measured at 14-litres. Pricing remains speculative and is expected to start at around Rs. 3 lakhs (ex-showroom).