Yamaha MT-03 will take on rivals like KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Ninja Z250
Yamaha is finally launching the much anticipated performance bike MT-03 in India during the upcoming festive season. The bike was showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, earlier this year alongside the larger sibling MT-09. The MT-03 is the naked version of the Yamaha R3, which has been launched earlier and it looks very aggressive.
The Yamaha MT-03 comes designed in very aggressive way with its sharp headlight, massively muscular fuel tank, front bikini fairing. Also the engine cowl, sharp tail piece delivers a bold and sporty look, complemented with the sharp and edgy lines; while the bike also comes featuring wide handle bar, fully digital LCD instrument cluster.
The Yamaha MT-03 takes power from the same 321 cc parallel twin, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine which is available in the Yamaha R3 also. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and churns out42 PS of peak power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm.
Compared to its sibling R3, the Mt-03 comes lightweight by 4 kg as it gets a kerb weight of 165 kg. The reduced weight helps the sporty motorcycle in being fuel efficient, as it is supposed to deliver 25-30 kmpl in the city and 35 kmpl on highway.
The MT-03 is equipped with cast aluminum wheels wrapped with MRF 110/70 tyre at the front and 140/70 tyre at the rear. Braking duty is done by disc brakes at both the wheels, while the India spec model comes sans ABS to keep the pricing low. Expect the Yamaha MT-03 to come priced at around Rs 2.85 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).
The bike will come to India via CKD route from Indonesia, and once launched, it will take on the rivals like KTM Duke 390, Benelli TNT300, Kawasaki Ninja Z250 and also the BMW G310R, which is expected to launch in India soon.