The Indian motorcycle market provides a plethora of options to choose from in the fast growing, low capacity-high performance motorcycle segment and it sure looks like this is just the beginning, as more motorcycles, from renowned motorcycle manufacturers are set to follow suit.
Yamaha, for example has now finally begun to take interest in the performance motorcycle segment in India. Yamaha is known worldwide for their high performance motorcycles, but in India, a major portion of their sales numbers come from the sale of low capacity commuter motorcycles and scooters. This is all set to change at Yamaha India, as they will soon be launching performance motorcycles after performance motorcycles.
The Yamaha YZF R3 has already been spotted testing on Indian roads a few times and we are expecting it to be launched very soon as well, but this article is to bring to our readers, a more interesting piece of information. Other than the R3, Yamaha will also be bringing its naked sibling, the Yamaha MT-320 to the Indian market.
We have leaked patent images of the Yamaha MT-03, also known as the MT-320, which is the naked sibling of the Yamaha R3. The MT-320 is all set to be revealed at the 2016 Indian auto expo and will be launched in the Indian market shortly thereafter. Once launched in India, the MT-320 will be sold via the CKD units (completely knocked down) route, which will be manufactured in Indonesia and assembled at the Yamaha India plant located in Surajpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The Yamaha MT-320 will be based on an all new diamond frame and its dimensions will be very similar to its fully faired sibling, the R3, but the MT-320 will weigh a little lesser than the R3 because of the missing fairing and fairing mounts.
The Yamaha MT-320 will be powered by the same 321cc engine, found in the R3. The liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine has a maximum power output of 41 PS at 10750 RPM and a maximum torque figure of 29.6 NM at 9000 RPM which is transmitted to the wheel through a 6-speed gearbox.
We expect the Yamaha MT-320 to be priced at around INR 2.5 Lakhs(ex-showroom) and will compete with the likes of the KTM Duke 390, the Kawasaki Z250, Benelli TNT 300i and Hyosung GD250N.
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GALLERY: Yamaha MT-320 (leaked patent images)