Yamaha R3 & MT-03 Specifications and Details
Yamaha India is ready to make a thrilling entry into the market with the launch of the Yamaha R3 & MT-03 in December. These twin-cylinder motorcycles will be introduced as CBUs. Both models will share a 321cc parallel-twin engine, marking Yamaha’s return to the Indian market. The R3 and MT-03 are sure to ignite excitement among motorcycle enthusiasts.
Yamaha R3: How is it different from the old R3?
The 2023 Yamaha R3 comes with significant updates differentiating it from its predecessor. It boasts an aerodynamic design with a full fairing, split headlamps, and fresh LED indicators. The motorcycle features 37mm KYB inverted forks in the front and an adjustable mono-shock at the rear for improved handling. Its lightweight sports chassis, constructed from high-tensile steel tubing, ensures a 50-50 weight distribution. Riders can expect precise control with rear-set footpegs, clip-on bars, and a slipper clutch. The R3 also incorporates modern features like an LCD instrument cluster and all-LED lighting. It may come at a price tag of Rs 4 lakh.
MT-03: What does it bring to the table?
Yamaha going to introduce the MT-03 to expand its MT lineup in India, although the exact launch date remains uncertain. The MT-03 has a 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, delivering 42bhp of maximum power and 29.6Nm of peak torque through a six-speed gearbox. It has an aggressive front profile, a projector headlight unit with LED DRLs, muscular fuel tank, and sharp design elements. It features USD front forks, a rear mono-shock, and a reliable braking system with ABS. Priced around Rs 3.7 lakh, the MT-03 will compete with models like the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G 310 R.
How is Yamaha planning to do this?
Yamaha will initially introduce these bikes in India as CBU (Completely Built Unit) imports from Indonesia. This is with plans to transition to CKD (Completely Knocked Down) production in the future. Due to this, these motorcycles are expected to be on the expensive side, with ex-showroom prices starting above the Rs 4 lakh mark. The upgraded Yamaha R3, with its new styling, LED headlamps, and USD fork, represents a significant improvement over the previous-generation model.