With BSVI norms mandated from April 1, 2020, manufacturers are working towards a smooth transition. While the update will be all encompassing, with months to go, BS6 compliant bikes available in the market are few as of now.
In August Yamaha India revealed that they will start updating their scooters and motorcycles to BS6 from November onwards. As expected, the transition will be completed well before the recommended deadline of April 2020. Yamaha will introduce its BS6 compatible motorcycles and scooters in several phases beginning in November 2019 for motorcycles. For BSVI scooters, customers need to wait until January 2020.
Now, the company has shared a media invite to a launch event on 19th Dec 2019. The company has not revealed what the launch is going to be. But as per source, it will be the much awaited Yamaha R3 BS6 which will launch on that day. With the launch of 2019 Yamaha R15 BS6, one can expect an increased price tag. Hat tip to automotive enthusiast Siddhu.
The brand has explained that an increase in production cost of BSVI variants may impact its two wheeler pricing, varying between 10 -15 percent on average, depending upon product features. Bookings for the same are now are open.
2020 Yamaha R3 has made its global debut. In its newest avatar, R3 is available in two colours –Midnight Black and Icon Blue. 2020 Yamaha R3 brings together improved styling, a suspension upgrade, and new features. With inspiration from MotoGP YZR-M1, the sleeker design benefits from dual LED headlamps for a sporty outlook.
A front central air intake pod is slotted between the headlamps to direct air for engine cooling. The fuel tank continues to provide its signature element. The side panels are updated, and the bike wears ‘Yamaha’, and ‘R’ badging. The white backlit digital instrument panel displays wide ranging data. This includes gear position, water temperature, trip meter, and average fuel economy among other features.
Internationally, the suspension update setup features front inverted forks and a rear mono unit for improved balance and comfort. Current R3 in India does not get USD front forks. It is not clear if Yamaha will offer USD forks on the India-spec 2020 R3 or not.
Fuel tank and handlebar position is lowered. The reworked chassis improves handling and power to weight ratio. 2020 Yamaha R3 gets power from a 321 cc, liquid cooled, inline 2-cylinder engine that returns 42 hp of max power, and 29.6 Nm of max torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Currently Yamaha YZF R3 retails at an ex sh Delhi price of Rs 3,51,680. Best get ready for an increased price tag for the 2020 BSVI compliant model. In the segment, R3 finds competition from Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390, and Benelli 302R. Bookings of Yamaha R3 BS6 are now open at select dealerships.