Yamaha India launching an YZF-R25 or YZF-R3 was a debatable topic on many online forums and even few of our readers have been asking which will make way for India, at the moment it was unclear.
Well, now its official as the company has announced a press conference for the YZF-R3 sportbike on August 11, 2015 at the BIC (Buddh International Circuit). We speculate the Indian tax structure, unlike the Indonesian market made Yamaha India not to proceed with the launch of YZF-R25. The YZF-R3 looks very similar to the YZF-R25, visually, the only difference been a larger displacement motor.
Design-wise, the YZF-R3 looks like a proper supersport motorcycle. It is a track machine, which can be used for daily rides as well. Powering the motorcycle is a 321cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor, coupled to a 6-speed transmission. Yamaha R3 can attain a top speed of 187 kmph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 2.89 seconds and from 0 to 100 kmph in 6 seconds.
Using an electronic fuel injection system, the engine produces 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque. The motorcycle weighs 169 kg (wet weight) and is shod with a 298 mm disc up front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. It features telescopic front forks, adjustable mono-shock rear suspension, dual disc brakes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and fat tubeless tyres.
The YZF-R3 was unveiled at Indonesia in October-2014 and is currently manufactured only by PT. YIMM (Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing). And for India too, the YZF-R3 will be imported through CKD kits. The YZF-R3 is Yamaha’s answer to the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which is being sold India since the last 24 months, and will be directly compete the latter priced between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh.
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