The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 is powered by the same 321cc, parallel-twin unit that powers the YZF-R3 and comes equipped with a new upside-down fork
Yamaha has unveiled the 2020 MT-03 with significant mechanical and cosmetic changes and it will be launched in Europe and the US shortly. Yamaha already sells the YZF-R3 in India and If they decide to launch the new MT-03 as well, it will likely help them to establish a strong grip over the popular 250-400cc segment in India.
The MT-03 takes its styling cues from the MT-09. It gets twin LED daytime running just like its younger sibling the MT-15 (which is already for sale in India) while there is a separate LED projector headlamp positioned in the middle. Besides the new front face, the naked Streetfighter also features a redesigned fuel tank with prominent tank shroud and air scoops.
The MT-03 gets a black over white LCD instrument cluster that promises to provide plenty of information to the rider. The MT-03 shares its platform and few-cycle parts with the YZF-R3 but it gets a wider and more upright handlebar for the comfort of the rider.
The MT-03 is powered by the same 321cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, parallel-twin engine that also powers the YZF-R3 as well. The unit paired with a six-speed gearbox produces about 41 bhp of peak power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. The updated engine boasts a carburized rod, low-weight forged pistons and Yamaha’s special DiASiL (Die-cast aluminium cylinder) but we are still not sure whether the engine is Euro 5/BS6-compliant or not.
The MT-03 also gets a new 37mm upside-down suspension setup at the front that replaced the telescopic forks used by its predecessor. The monoshock setup at the rear also gets a revised pre-load and damping settings. The braking duties of the motorcycle are taken care of by disc brake on both ends.
2020 Yamaha MT-03 Specs
- Engine: Liquid-cooled parallel twin
- Displacement: 321cc
- Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 44.1mm
- Compression ratio: 11.2:1
- Valvetrain: DOHC; 8 valves
- Fuel delivery: EFI
- Transmission: 6-speed
- Final drive: Chain
- Front suspension: Non-adjustable KYB inverted 37mm forks; 5.1 inches of travel
- Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable KYB shock; 4.9 inches of travel
- Front tire: 110/70 x 17
- Rear tire: 140/70 x 17
- Front brake: 298mm disc
- Rear brake: 220mm disc
- ABS: Standard
- Wheelbase: 54.3 inches
- Trail: 3.7 inches
- Seat height: 30.7 inches
- Fuel capacity: 14 Litres
- Curb weight: 169 kg
A dual-channel ABS is also available as a standard for the safety of the rider. Yamaha will most probably showcase the MT-03 at the upcoming 2020 Auto Expo and will likely price it around Rs 3.3-3.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom) if they decide to launch it in India next year.