We have been constantly informing you about Yamaha’s plans of launching a range of affordable performance bikes for the Indian car market. The company is also planning to launch a naked streetfighter – Yamaha MT-03 – in the country. It was speculated that the bike will be launched in 2017; however, Zigwheels reports that that the bike will be launched during this festive season. It is basically the naked version of the fully-faired YZF-R3, which was launched last year. Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 alongside MT-09, the naked streetfighter will be brought to India via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route from the company’s Indonesian facility, and then assembled locally. The report further suggests that the Yamaha MT-03 could be priced around Rs 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Upon launch, the naked MT-03 will take on the likes of Kawasaki Z250, KTM Duke 390 and the upcoming BMW G310 R. The Yamaha MT 03 shares its engine and design elements with its fully-faired sibling – the Yamaha R3. The bike is powered by the same 321cc, parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. This power mill is capable of generating a maximum power of 41.6bhp and 29.6Nm of torque.
Yamaha MT 03 Launch Date
The new Yamaha naked streetfighter – MT 03 – is expected to launch by the festive season, 2016. Though, the company hasn’t yet confirmed the launch timeline of the bike.
Yamaha MT 03 Price
Since the MT-03 will be pitted against the KTM Duke 390 and Kawasaki Z250, we expect it to be priced around Rs. 2.75- 3 lakh (ex-showroom). Also Read: Yamaha Lander Launch Details, Price, Specifications & Images
Yamaha MT-03 Specifications
|Engine||321cc, 4-stroke parallel-twin liquid-cooled DOHC|
Yamaha MT-03 Mileage
Powering the MT-03 is a 321cc parallel twin cylinder petrol engine, which also powers the YZF-R3. The bike is expected to return around 25-30kmpl of mileage.
Yamaha MT-03 Design & Styling
The design and styling of the Yamaha MT-03 looks identical to the MT-25, since it borrows most of its components and design elements from it fully-faired sibling. Though, the naked stances and fuel tank pods’ stickers differentiate it from the MT-25. The MT 03 is based on a compact and lightweight diamond steel chassis that is derived from the YZF-R3. With sporty and dynamic mass-forward body design, this streetfighter will lure young bike enthusiasts. The bike features single headlamp, air intake pods on the fuel tank sides, a digital analogue instrument console and a single unit of clip-on handle bar. It is claimed to offer upright riding position.
The Yamaha MT 03 comes with 10-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 110/10-17 front and 140/70-17 rear tubeless tyres. For the braking power, the bike gets 298mm front and 220mm rear hydraulic single disc brakes, combined with dual channel anti-lock braking system. Suspension duties are taken care of by telescopic fork up front and a monoshock rear system. The kerb weight of the Yamaha MT-03 is 165kg, thus making it 4kgs lighter than the new R3. It also helps the bike to deliver better power-to-weight ratio. The bike has a good ground access, thanks to it 780mm of seat height.
Yamaha MT-03 Engine & Transmission
The Yamaha MT-03 derives is power from a 321cc, 4-stroke parallel-twin liquid-cooled DOHC engine that also does duty on the R3. This power unit is capable of churning out power worth 41.6bhp at 10,750rpm and 30Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. This will also make it one of the most powerful bikes in its segment. Power is delivered to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Yamaha MT-03 Competition – Kawasaki Z250, KTM Duke 390, Benelli TNT 300 and BMW G 310 R
Yamaha MT 03 Dimensions
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14-litres|
|Oil Tank Capacity||2.4-litres|
Yamaha MT-03 Suspension & Braking System
Front – 17-inch alloys with 110/10-17 tubeless tyres
Rear – 17-inch alloys with 140/70-17 tubeless tyres
Front – Telescopic forks
Rear – Monoshock
Front – 298mm Disc
Rear – 220mm Disc
Dual channel anti-lock braking system
Yamaha MT 03 Key Features
Diamond steel frame
Digital-analogue instrument console
Air intake pods on the fuel tank sides
Single unit of clip-on handle bar
10-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels
Upright riding stance