Yamaha displayed its much-awaited models, the MT-03, the new Yamaha R3, and the R7 at the MotoGP Bharat, making the most of the spotlight. The entry-level premium motorcycle sector has seen steady developments in recent years, so the new Yamaha R3 will be an invaluable upgrade to the Japanese manufacturer's current product lineup in India. The YZF-R3, which previously went on sale, marked Yamaha's entry into this market. The implementation of the more stringent BS-6 emission norms back in April 2020, however, led to the end of this model's production after only a few years. Both the R3 and the MT-03 are expected to debut in India in December this year. Now that the new YZF-R3 is making its way back to our domestic market, Yamaha is all set to once again compete in the country's entry-level premium bike segment.
Yamaha R3, MT-03: Styling Details
With a fully-faired body, a low-set clip-on, and rear-set footpegs, the R3 imitates the larger super sports from Yamaha, such as the R7 and the R1. The MT-03, meanwhile, incorporates stylistic cues from the MT-07 and the MT-09, such as a twin-LED headlamp arrangement tucked away within a substantial apron as well as a classic muscular profile and hefty stance. Similar to its supersport sibling, the MT-03 adopts a sporty riding posture, but unlike the R3, the riding ergonomics are a little more pleasant because of the higher straight-line handlebar.
Yamaha R3, MT-03: Engine Specs
A 321cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine churning out 41bhp of maximum power at 10,750rpm and 29.5Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm powers both the upcoming bikes. Additionally, a 6-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch is included with the soon-to-be-launched models.
Yamaha R3, MT-03: Features and Hardware
The motorcycles' suspension system, which consists of KYB upside-down front forks with 130mm of travel and a rear mono-shock with 125mm of travel, likewise uses the same hardware. With the help of a dual-channel ABS, a 298mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc are responsible for the braking duties. Dual LED headlamps, LED indicators, and LCD instrument clusters are among the features of both bikes.
Yamaha R7: Key Details
The R7 is a fully-faired sportsbike that is built on the same chassis as the MT-07 and features an aggressive front profile. It has beefy side panels, a clip-on handlebar, and a fully digital instrument cluster. Coming to its mechanical specs, the bike is propelled by the same engine found in the MT-07. The 689cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled unit is capable of developing 72bhp of maximum power and 67Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Models such as the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Honda CBR650R are some of its biggest competitors in India.
Yamaha R3, MT-03: Competition Check and Expected Price
The R3 will face competition from the likes of the TVS Apache RR 310, the BMW G 310 RR, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, and the KTM RC 390 when it launches. The TVS Apache RTR 310 R, the BMW G 310 R, and the KTM 390 Duke are the rivals that the MT-03 will face off against. Expect the R3 to cost about Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom), with the MT-03 possibly costing up to Rs 20,000 less.