The Yamaha R3 will be launched at the Buddh International Circuit near Delhi on 11th August and will be brought down via the CKD route.
Almost a year after making its debut internationally, Yamaha India will be finally introducing the highly anticipated, highly awaited and highly prayed for YZF-R3 on 11th August at the Buddh International Circuit, near Delhi. A pumped version based on the R25, the R3 gets a larger displacement motor while retaining the striking looks from the quarter-litre sports bike. While speculations were rife of the R25 making it to the country, our flexible tax structure, unlike Indonesia makes it apt for the R3 to be sold in India.
Based on a tubular diamond frame, the Yamaha R3 gets a 50:50 weight distribution with a kerb weight of 169 kgs. Giving a tough fight to the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Hyosung GT250R and the likes, the bike is powered by 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. Suspension duties are performed by telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock setup at the rear.
While disc brakes will be available at the front and rear for effective stopping power, we do hope Yamaha India offers ABS as standard as well. With Indonesia to be the global hub for the R25 and R3’s production, the sports bike will be coming via the CKD route in the country, so do not expect an extremely competitive price tag like that on the RC 390. Instead, prices for the R3 are expected to be more in-line with that of the Ninja 300. Expect the Yamaha R3 to start just around Rs. 3 lakhs (ex-showroom).