The updated R3 comes with R1 inspired design theme along with new features and the facelift model is likely to be launched later this year in India
Yamaha officially revealed the facelift version of R3 last year and the company has showcased the updated model at the ongoing 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show along with the entire portfolio. The R3 facelift model is expected to be introduced later this year in India as the company has already launched the model in most of the Asian markets.
The R3 was the only model left in R-Series to be updated and the design theme of new model took inspirations from the flagship R1. The front gets new dual-LED headlamp set up and a faux air-intake in between them. The visor has been redesigned and the fairing is completely different from the earlier model as it looks sporty and aggressive.
The front fender is also new and the company has tweaked the fuel tank as it is designed to give more support for the rider knees. The clip-on handlebar has been retained but it is positioned 22 mm lower than its predecessor. Finally, the company has updated the speedo console as the facelift model comes with a fully digital console.
The instrument cluster is loaded with lots of information like shift indicator, average fuel economy, dual trip meter, time, tachometer and speedometer. The company has given the split seat for the R3 and the rear gets new tail lamp along with a new design for the fender. In Thailand, Yamaha is also offering the Moto GP edition of R3.
The Japanese manufacturer has retained the same 321 cc, twin-cylinder four-stroke engine from the earlier model as it produces 42 PS of power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the top speed of the new model has been improved by 8 km thanks to the redesign of fairing and visor.
The braking duties are taken care by 298 mm disc at the front and 220 mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS braking system. The R3 comes with new 37 mm KYB upside down forks at the front and mono-suspension at the rear, which is tuned for handling. The performance bike gets 17-inch alloy wheels with 110/70 section tyre at the front and 140/70 section tyre at the rear.