Yamaha R3 launch today at BIC: Watch LIVE webcast here

Yamaha R3 is all set to be launched in India today at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. The fully faired motorcycle is long overdue but enters the market right in time to take advantage of the booming compact sportsbike market.

R3 is essentially an R25 with a slightly bigger engine. Save for the decals that announce the identity, both bikes are visually identical. Unlike its R series brethren up and down the ladder, R3 offers a relatively relaxed riding stance which is aimed at striking a fine balance between track and road riding.

Yamaha R3 instrument console
Yamaha R3 puts out 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque.

Power comes from a 321 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor which employs diASil cylinder. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, the fuel-injected motor develops a healthy 42 PS at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm. The performance would be comparable to that of Kawasaki Ninja 300 and KTM RC 390.

Underpinned by a diamond frame, R3 employs conventional telescopic fork upfront and a mono suspension at the rear. The 17-inch alloy wheels come with shod with 110/70-17M/C 54H (front) and 140/70-17M/C 66H (rear) tubeless tyres.

Yamaha R3 launch - radiator
The liquid-cooled parallel-twin unit employs diASil cylinders.

It’s is reported that Yamaha is adopting a CKD route for R3 in India with the kits shipped from Indonesia. We expect the motorcycle to be priced somewhere between INR 2.75 – 3.0 lakhs (ex-showroom).

UPDATE – Yamaha R3 Launched in India: Price, Specs, TopSpeed, Details

Launch Webcast – Recorded

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