Yamaha YZF R3 launched in India at Rs. 3.25 lakhs
The much awaited entry level sports bike from the Yamaha stable, YZF-R3 has finally made its debut in the Indian market following an endless debate of speculations regarding whether the R25 or R3 will be coming to our country. Yamaha India has launched the bike at a price tag of Rs. 3.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it’s expected to become a massive product in the Japanese major’s Indian portfolio. The Yamaha YZF R3 is nothing but the R25 model retailed in Indonesia on the visual front, but instead carries a much larger engine, thereby producing more power. It is available in two colours – Racing Blue and Midnight Black.
On the design perspective, the R3 gets a twin headlamp setup much like the more powerful bikes of the YZF stable. The fairing has a neat yet sharp design, looking similar to a boomerang. The fuel tank has been sculpted neatly and the overall look of the front end is pretty mature and sporty. The seat is a step-up/split unit, lending a track bike like aura. It features a few design characteristics from the famous R6 sports bike as well, including the LED taillight and awesome exhaust unit.
The Yamaha YZF R3 derives 43 PS of power at 10,750 RPM from a 321cc twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC engine that also puts out 29.6 Nm of torque at 9000 RPM. Power is seamlessly driven to the wheels through a 6-speed gearbox and the bike rides well in the low and mid range of the rev band, offering good city riding characteristics. The R3 delivers a mileage (certified) of 23.68 kmpl. The total weight of 169 kgs is driven by a 110/70 front and 140/70 rear, 17-inch tyres. The front tyre gets its stopping power from a 298 mm disc brake, while the rear features a 220 mm disc.
The front gets telescopic forks that can travel up to 130 mm and the rear suspension has a monoshock setup, travelling up to 125 mm. Unfortunately, ABS is not offered on the R3 but Yamaha should provide it as an option in the coming future. The Yamaha YZF R3 will fight it out with the very capable KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300. The R3’s competitive pricing (thanks to it being brought to India via the CKD route) does give it an upper hand over the not so value-for-money Ninja 300.