Get ready for two-wheeled thrills as Yamaha India prepares to launch the YZF-R3 and MT-03, expectedly ahead of the festive season this year
Yamaha Motor India is gearing up to launch its highly anticipated motorcycles – YZF-R3 and MT-03. These mid-capacity powerhouses are set to hit the Indian market just in time for the festive season, with an official announcement expected in the coming weeks. The buzz is real, with dealerships already accepting unofficial bookings and enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the arrival of these thrilling rides.
Yamaha YZF-R3 and MT-03 made an appearance alongside the likes of YZF-R7, MT-07, and MT-09 during a special display for dealer partners in India. Thanks to leaks, enthusiasts were able to check out pictures of the event. The online excitement was palpable as the sleek designs and performance specs left everyone yearning for more.
For the unfamiliar, Yamaha YZF-R3 is a fully-faired beauty poised to rival the likes of KTM RC390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 in the Indian motorcycle market. On the other hand, the MT-03 is a streetfighter machine set to challenge the KTM 390 Duke, BMW G310R, etc. Both bikes are powered by a 321cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, delivering an exhilarating 40.4 bhp and 29.4 Nm.
Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox, boosted by a slipper clutch. Both motorcycles get premium features – KYB upside-down front forks, monoshock rear suspension, a fully-digital instrument cluster, all-LED lighting system, etc. They also get single disc brakes on both wheels (298mm front and 220mm rear), with dual-channel ABS for safety.
The upcoming Yamaha R3 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 3.5 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh mark, while the MT-03 will be more affordable, likely around Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 3.7 lakh (ex-showroom). The price may seem on the higher side, as both bikes will likely be imported to our market via the CBU route.
Looking ahead, Yamaha India has even more in store. As per reports, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer will also launch the high-performance YZF-R7 and the dynamic MT-07 in our country. This is great news for motorcycle enthusiasts and fans of the brand, who has been waiting for Yamaha to bring in its middleweight contenders here.