Yamaha India has finally launched the much-rumored YZF-R3 sportsbike in India. Priced at Rs 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), this is the first quarter-litre product from Yamaha’s stable in the Indian market.
Design-wise, the YZF-R3 is a full-faired motorcycle draws sharp styling cues from the younger R25, it gets twin split head-lamps, neatly sculpted fuel tank, split seats, the air duct in the middle and LED tail-lights similar to the R6 which differentiate the R3 from the rest of the Yamaha YZF range and other quarter-litre bikes. The YZF-R3 is available in two colours – Midnight Black and Racing Blue.
The company is marketing the YZF-R3 as ‘a bike you can ride every day’. This quarter-litre bike incorporates an eight-valve 321cc DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder engine, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. This motor generates 42bhp of peak power and 29.6Nm of torque, making the YZF-R3 one of the most powerful motorcycles in the segment.
This Japanese machine 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. Assembled on a Diamond type frame, the machine’s kerb weight is 169kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 14 liters. It runs on 110/70-17-inch front and 140/70-17-inch rear, MRF tubeless tyres that sport 10-spoke alloy wheels.
The YZF-R3 is equipped with a 298mm disc brake at the front and 220mm disc brake at the rear. It’s suspension features the standard telescopic forks up-front and a mono-shock setup at the back. It has a ground clearance of 160 mm, which will act as a tourer as well as a sportsbike further with its 780mm seat height and rider friendly dimensions.
The absence of the ABS even as an option comes as a surprise, but there are plans to offer it in the future. Yamaha has ruled-out the ABS due to pricing issues as this is a very competitive market. It will be locally assembled with CKD kits manufactured in Indonesia, and will be sold in India through selected dealerships and deliveries will start in next two weeks.
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