Equipped with new EURO IV compliant engine, the new Yamaha R3 will get much sharper styling, LED lights and new suspension system.
January 3, 2017 – Yamaha, the Japanese automaker has introduced the updated YZF R3 quarter-litre motorcycle in the USA. This time, the bike is equipped with much-needed ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). Despite being one of the best in its league, the fully-faired 2017 Yamaha R3 bike failed to generate volumes for the company in India. The same model will also come in our market. While the standard variant is priced at USD 4,999 dollars, the ABS version is tagged at USD 5,299.
Powering the motorcycle is the same 321cc in-line twin-cylinder engine that produces 42PS of power and 29.6Nm of torque. The bike gets 41mm telescopic forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle gets much sharper and sportier design. The bike gets new graphics & stickers, which are inspired from the new Yamaha R6. The India-spec model could also get LED headlamps and LED taillamps. Also Read – New Yamaha R15 V3.0 Coming Next Year
The company is yet to make an official announcement, but we expect the bike could be launched by the end of next year or early 2018. We will update you as soon as Yamaha reveal anything on this.
To be equipped with new features and ABS as standard, the new R3 will be slightly expensive than the current model. We expect the new model could be priced around Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 3.75 lakh.
Mechanically, the next model will get the Euro IV compliant engine. It will be powered by the same 321cc, in-line, 4-stroke, twin-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 41.4bhp of power at 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed gearbox that drives power to the rear wheels via a chain drive. The current model accelerates to 60kmph from zero in just 2.89 seconds while 0-100kmph is covered in 6 seconds. It has an electronic speed limit of 187kmph, and a fuel tank capacity of 14-litres.
The USA spec model looks largely identical to the current model, except for the few changes. The bike gets new graphics and stickers, which draw inspiration from the new Yamaha R6. If media reports are to be believed, the Asian spec model will share dimensions and body panels with the next Yamaha R25. It is expected to get razor sharp styling along with some updated hardware. Adding to it, the new model could also get LED headlamps and LED taillamps for better visibility.
The current model is claimed to feature racing-derives elements such as direct drive camshaft, low-friction pistons, forged pistons and carburized onrods. It measures 2.0m in length, 720mm in width and 1.1m in height. It weighs 169kgs, and has 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 bike also gets an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) as an optional variant. This system will improve the braking mechanism of the bike. As a reminder, the current India-spec model misses out on ABS system.