At a dealer conference held recently, Yamaha India displayed a variety of models, which included the R3, R7, MT-03, MT-07, MT-09, and the flagship R1 M, suggesting the possibility that they will probably hit the Indian market this year. The firm appears to be preparing not only the long-awaited R3 and the R1 M for India but also other models from its portfolio. Meanwhile, the bikemaker has launched the 2023 versions of the Aerox 155, the MT-15 V2, the R15 V4, and the R15S in India, with a focus on the premium segment. The updated Aerox 155 scooter now includes a traction control system (TCS), which reduces wheelspin and improves performance. According to the company, it is the first scooter in the segment to include TCS. Along with the 2023 Aerox 155, the updated versions of the MT-15 V2, R15 V4, and R15S get new colour options and a slew of new features. The latest Aerox 155 maxi-sports scooter costs at least Rs 1.43 lakh. The remaining three models, the MT-15 V2, the R15 V4, and the R15S, are priced at Rs 1.65 lakh, Rs 1.86 lakh, and Rs 1.63 lakh, respectively. All prices are ex-showroom. Here's what we can expect from the upcoming Yamaha MT-03 streetfighter before it goes on sale.
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Yamaha MT-03: Engine and Gearbox
The MT-03 is powered by a 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, just like its faired sibling. It has a six-speed gearbox and churns out 42bhp of maximum power and 29.6Nm of peak torque. The Indian version of the bike is expected to have the same setup.
Yamaha MT-03: Styling Updates
In terms of styling, the MT-03 has an aggressive front profile, given that it is a thoroughbred streetfighter motorcycle. Its headlight unit includes a projector unit with LED DRLs. The bike gets a muscular fuel tank with creases and cuts, which adds to the bike's overall muscular appearance. Further, the motorcycles on display in India are the same as those that are on sale internationally.
Yamaha MT-03: Hardware
The Yamaha MT-03 is equipped with USD front forks and monoshocks, as well as a 298mm front and 200mm single rear disc with ABS. The brakes are mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 110/70 front and 140/70 rear tyres. The MT-03 comes with a 14-litre fuel tank from Yamaha.
Yamaha MT-03: Features
Coming to the features, the MT-03 gets dual-channel ABS and a fully digital LCD in addition to LED lighting. The instrument console includes all necessary instruments, such as a tachometer, trip meter, speedometer, and odometer.
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Yamaha MT-03: Expected Price and Market Rivals
Yamaha India is expected to officially launch the MT-03 in India by the end of this year. However, reservations may begin slightly earlier, around the festive season. The MT-03's pricing could be around Rs 3.7 lakh (ex-showroom). When it rolls out in the Indian market, it will compete with the likes of the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G 310 R.
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