Yamaha to bring back R3 with BS-IV engine; will challenge Benelli 302R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and KTM RC 390
Yamaha is all set to bring back the R3 in Indian market later this year. Expect the high performance bike to arrive in showrooms in November of December this year. The bike receives a BS-IV compliant engine and upon arrival, it will lock horns with the KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the recently launched Benelli 302R as well. The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer had to temporarily discontinue this bike in the country due to the ban on BS-III compliant two-wheelers.
Now, Yamaha India’s vice president of sales and marketing, Mr. Roy Kurian has confirmed the comeback of the R3. Apart from the updated engine the Yamaha R3 is expected to retain the same engine generating same power and torque output and fuel efficiency.
The Yamaha R3 draws energy from a 321 cc liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder engine that is paired with a 6-speed transmission. The motor is capable of churning out 42 PS of peak power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. The bike could arrive with new body graphics and new colour option as well. Also, it would receive AHO (Auto Headlamp On) complying with the new government rule. Apart from that, other changes are unlikely.
On the braking front, it gets disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. Expect the two-wheeler manufacturer to offer ABS in the updated model. Suspension setup is likely to remain same as the BS-III model. In that case, it will be equipped with telescopic front forks and monocross suspension at rear.
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In March 2017, the Yamaha R3 was sold at a price tag of Rs. 3.26 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expect the updated BS-IV compliant model to come slightly premium over the old model. It would be retailed at a price tag around Rs. 3.30 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).