Yamaha unveils the 2015 YZF-R3 bike for European market
The Japanese motorcycle maker, Yamaha has just unveiled the YZF-R3 which is meant for the European markets. The new Yamaha YZF-R3 is a bike intended for the two-wheeler markets of UK and Europe and is expected to launch by April next year.
Though a new motorbike from the house of Yamaha, a quick look at the spec sheets of the YZF-R3 shows that the 320cc twin cylinder motor that goes into powering the YZF-R3 is essentially a lackluster version of the engine that does duty in the Yamaha YZF-R25‘s. The larger motor, very naturally runs a bit lower compression. If one can recall the technique that was used by the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which opted for a lower compression over the Ninja 250, then this very technique is employed in the new Yamaha YZF-R3. This technique allows the cubes to work lesser, but still provide better overall performance.
The Yamaha R25 is currently on sale in some South-East Asian motorcycle markets. The newly unveiled Yamaha YZF-R3’s engine is capable enough to generate a peak torque of 29.5 Nm and max power of 42 PS. These power figures are noticeably higher than that of the bike’s sibling Yamaha R25, but what is more important is the fact that the Yamaha YZF-R3 offers more power than the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which will be the YZF-R3 primary market rival after the motorcycle hits the markets. These power figures will also provide the Yamaha YZF-R3 a performance edge over the CBR300R and the bike will be nicely equipped to take on the new KTM RC 390 too. Both the RC 390 as well as the Yamaha YZF-R3 will be placed right at the limit of the A2 license in Europe.
The new Yamaha YZF-R3 uses exactly the same bodywork as its sibling the R25, but it also employs a sturdy tubular steel frame which allows this Yamaha bike to weigh less comparatively at 169kg (the R25 is lighter by three kilos) with a full tank. This is remarkably light weight for a twin-cylinder bike, and it is also a good 5kg lighter than its market rival ABS Ninja 300.
Yamaha is yet to reveal the full specs details of the YZF-R3 at the upcoming 2014 Milan show which is going to be held in early November. The event will also mark the official debut of this motorcycle. As many of the bike enthusiasts already know, the YZF-R3 is the motorcycle that Yamaha is planning to launch in India soon, while the YZF-R25 that is available in the South-East Asian market will not be introduced to India. When asked about it, Yamaha India refused to comment on it.
As reported earlier, the Yamaha YZF-R3 that is bound for India is a single-cylinder motorcycle version powered by a 300cc engine that will be capable of generating around 30 to 32 PS of max power. More details on the India bound Yamaha YZF-R3 will be revealed with time.