Yamaha launched the much awaited R25 bike last year globally. The bike was company’s answer to the likes of Ninja 300 and CBR250R as Yamaha didn’t have a single offering in the 250cc segment. But the bike has been off to positive reviews globally and from what we are hearing, the Yamaha R25 is coming soon to India. The Indian division of Yamaha has already begun the dealer training for it so the launch isn’t far enough.
Yamaha is giving training to the service staff regarding the bike. Usually the training begins about 3-4 months in advance so we may see a launch of the bike in the first quarter of 2015 itself. The launch of the R25 will also confirm the fact that the R3 won’t touch base here and will be reserved for much developed European countries and US.
Talking about the R25, it is powered by a 250cc parallel twin cylinder engine which has a power output of 35 Bhp and torque output of 22 Nm. The engine is a liquid cooled unit and gets mated to a constant mesh 6-speed transmission. The bike will come to us via the CKD route in all likelihood with the kits coming in from Indonesia. A locally manufactured R25 would have helped arrive at a lower price tag but the chances of that seem highly unlikely.
Coming to the pricing of the bike, Yamaha will be struggling hard to hit the sweet spot when it comes to this aspect. Yamaha has had this habit of charging a premium for its bike and this one is a twin cylinder unit on top of that so the taxes will be on the higher side of things too. So expect the R25 to cost around the Rs 2-2.5 lakh mark and compete with RC390 in terms of pricing. But it will be more of a Ninja 300 rival in terms of performance.
Pricing will play a key role in deciding its fate in the country.
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