Yamaha MT-320 will be produced from Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing facility in Indonesia. It will be making its way into India via the CKD route. Just like the Yamaha R3, its fully faired cousin, the MT-320 is also expected to be offered in three colours of Yamaha Racing Blue, Red, and Midnight Black.
Yamaha MT-320 will have a new lightweight diamond frame chassis with telescopic fork suspension at the front and monoshock at the rear. Not much is revealed about the dimensions, but expect it to be very similar to the R3, which is 2,090 mm in length, 720 mm in width and 1,135 mm in height. Wheelbase of R3 is at 1,380mm and ground clearance at 160mm. Weight of MT-320 will be lesser than the R3 by a few kgs (R3 tips the weighing scale at 169 kgs). Fuel tank is expected to have same capacity – 14 litres.
Power to the Yamaha MT-320 will be delivered by a 321cc, twin cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 stroke engine offering output of 41 bhp at 10,750 rpm and torque of 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm mated to a 6 speed transmission.
Following launch of Yamaha YZF-R3 in August 2015, the company is also planning launch of MT-320 sometime in March 2016, after its debut at 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. Leaked images of MT-320 indicate striking similarities to the Yamaha MT-25 but with a more powerful engine. Expect the Yamaha MT-320 to be priced in the range of Rs 2.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) while the R3 at Rs 2.8 lakhs.
Together, the new Yamaha twins will take on the likes of KTM RC 390, Duke 390, Ninja 300, Hyosung GT250R and the likes.