Yamaha R25 production variant rendered
Yamaha is all set to enter the 250cc motorcycle segment with its new R25. To compete with the likes of CBR 250R, Ninja 300 and yet to be launched Hero HX250, Yamaha R25 takes inspiration from Yamaha MotoGP race bike, better known as M1.
Yamaha R25 which was revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, is eagerly anticipated by biking aficionados in the country and globally. Yamaha Motor India also showcased R25 concept avatar at the Delhi Auto Expo last month. It is powered by a parallel twin engine with 250cc displacement mated to a 6 speed manual transmission while max power is likely to be in the 35 PS range.
The upcoming R25 is built on a new frame that showcases tubular elements unlike the steel spars seen on board the R15. Expected to be in the INR 2.5 to 3 lakh price range, R25 will be a very important product for Yamaha Motor India in their bid to increase their market share in India. There is a good chance that Yamaha will produced the R25 locally so as to keep production costs low and ensure a competitive selling price for the new Yamaha R25.
Arguably, Yamaha delivers the best looking motorcycles, and this is what is expected of the R25 as well. Expected to be launched later this year, R25 might come to India with a single cylinder engine in order to keep the cost of the bike competitive.
Price will play a crucial role in deciding the success of R25 in India. Plus, this is the segment which will see a massive competition as there will be many players – Hero HX250R, Honda CBR250R, Ninja 250, Hyosung GT250R, KTM RC200, and Suzuki GSR250S. Apart from this, Yamaha will surely be wary of the upcoming launch of KTM RC 390, which is expected to be launched at a similar price tag of Rs 2.3-2.5 lakhs.