It’s been a long time coming, but we are glad that it’s finally here. The Yamaha YZF-R3 has been spotted testing in India for the first time, in full production guise minus the decals. (Hence It’s not evident whether this is the Yamaha R25 or the R3, and we are going by previous developments).
The 2015 Yamaha R3 comes with a 321cc parallel twin cylinder mill that produces close to 42 bhp of power and 30 Nm of torque. The figures (though lower) are comparable to the popular KTM RC390, which come with a single cylinder mill and is priced at a very aggressive 2.12 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Yamaha YZF-R3 Launch Date
Yamaha is heard to be researching the market thoroughly and is hence taking their time launching the R3 here. Currently the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the only contender in the segment, and very few are expected to be added as most manufacturer’s have shifted focus to similar displacement single cylinder motorcycles, which will provide them with a good price advantage. The upcoming BMW-TVS motorcycle, Hyosung GD250R will all have single cylinder mills.
If things advance at the current pace and Yamaha develops a good marketing strategy, we can expect the launch of the R3 in India in 3-4 months.
Yamaha YZF-R3 Expected Price
Pricing is a key factor in India and being in the country for quite some time now, Yamaha is sure to know this. The run away success of KTM and the poor performance of Kawasaki in the sub-500cc segment can be credited to this factor. Yamaha was the first manufacture to provide affordable sportsbike experience to the common masses, launching the Yamaha R15 in 2008. The Japanese manufacture will be hoping to enjoy the same hype surrounding the launch of the R15 when the their 320cc offering hits the road. For that aggressive pricing is a must.
We are expecting the R3 to be priced just above the 3 lakh range and anything just below it will ensure comfortable sales for the manufacture, also eating away sales of Kawasaki to bare minimum. The good fan base Yamaha enjoys in India and brand loyal people who are looking for an upgrade from the R15 will add fuel to these numbers.
Yamaha YZF-R3 Specification
Full Specification : Yamaha R3