Yamaha has taken the wraps off the 2018 YZF-R3 for the global market. The R3 doesn’t get too many changes in this MY18 avatar. As opposed to the two-colour options, Black and dual tone blue-silver, the 2018 model will come with three colour options - Raven, Team Yamaha Blue and Vivid White. At the official unveiling, Yamaha announced that sales of the 2018 YZF-R3 will commence in the United States in February.
While the new colours endow the R3 with a fresh appeal, hiding behind the fairing is the same 321cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor. The engine makes peak power of 41bhp and max torque of 29.6Nm. All of the aforementioned power delivered with the help of a 6-speed transmission. From the suspension to the brakes, everything else remains unchanged. The global-spec R3 comes in two variants – with or without ABS. In India however, to make it cost effective, we only got the non-ABS trim.
The R3 has not been on sale in the country since Yamaha was forced to discontinue it after the ban on BSIII vehicles starting 1st April. There is no news of the official launch of the motorcycle in India as yet. Keeping in mind the limited sales of the R3 in its first stint, what remains to be seen if Yamaha brings it back to Indian shores, especially keeping in mind that Kawasaki is expected to bring the Ninja 400 soon.