2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 gets subtle updates along with a BS-IV compliant engine and dual channel ABS.
Yamaha Motor has finally introduced the new YZF-R3 motorcycle with subtle updates for the 2018 model year. The 2018 Yamaha R3 is made available in two colours – Racing Blue and Magma Black – priced at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The launch event took place at the Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida. Alongside, the bikemaker also showcased the recently-launched new R15, which is priced at 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
For the 2018 model, the new YZF R3 receives subtle design upgrades, new colour schemes and M5 metzeler tyres instead of MRFs units. Additionally, it gets the dual channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard. The bike uses the same 41bhp, 321cc in-line twin-cylinder engine, which is now BSIV compliant. Though, the suspension and braking mechanism remains unchanged. Read: New Yamaha R15 V3.0 – Price & Details
The Japanese bikemaker has announced prices of the 2018 Yamaha YZF R3 at the 2018 Auto Expo. The bike is available in a single variant at Rs 3.48 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, it will take on the KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Benelli 302R. Yamaha’s Jakarta-based plant in Indonesia will continue to serve as global production hub for the bike. Read – Yamaha Bikes At Auto Expo 2018
As mentioned in the beginning, the 2018 model year of the R3 gets the BSIV compliant engine. The bike derives its power from the 321cc, in-line, 4-stroke, twin-cylinder motor churning out a top power of 41.4bhp at 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. Feeding power to the rear wheel is a 6-speed gearbox with chain drive.
The motorcycle can do 0-60kmph in just 2.89 seconds and 0-100kmph in 6 seconds. It has an electronic speed limit of 187kmph, and offers a fuel tank capacity of 14-litres. Check Out: 2018 Yamaha FZS FI – Price & Pictures
In terms of design and styling, the 2018 Yamaha R3 shares strong resemblance with the previous model. Though, it receives a few changes giving it a refreshing look. The new graphics and stickers are inspired by the new Yamaha R6m, while the dimensions and body panels are shared with the next Yamaha R25. The 2018 R3 has ditched the MRF tyres for the new Metzeler Sportec M5 units. The bike gets a razor sharp styling along with some updated hardware. Adding to it, there are LED headlamps and LED taillamps for better visibility. Picture Gallery – Yamaha’s all-new Modern Classic – XSR700!
The new model is claimed to feature racing-derives elements such as direct drive camshaft, low-friction pistons, forged pistons and carburized onrods. Carrying a kerb weight of 169kg, the bike measures 2.0m in length, 720mm in width and 1.1m in height with a wheelbase of 1.3m. The bike comes with a ground clearance of 160mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian rough road conditions.
Braking system of the bike includes a 298mm disc upfront and a 220mm disc at the rear. The dual channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) is now standard on the model lineup. This system will improve the braking mechanism of the bike. As a reminder, the old model of the R3 was devoid of the ABS system. For suspension duties, this fully-faired motorcycle gets telescopic front forks and monoshock absorber at the rear.