Yamaha Motor India has introduced the Yamaha YZF R3 into the growing quarter-litre sports bike segment. Priced at INR 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the bike will be imported from Indonesia via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route and will be assembled in India. It will directly rival the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC390.
The new Yamaha R3 is powered by a 321cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valves engine. This engine is capable of producing a top power output of 41bhp and a peak torque of 29.6Nm. Power is transmitted to roads via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Powering the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a 296cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin engine that churns out 38bhp of power and 27Nm of torque. This engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.
On the other hand, the KTM RC90 gets a 373cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with fuel injection system. This engine is capable of producing 43bhp of power and 35Nm of torque. It is paired to a 6-speed gearbox which sends the power to rear wheels via a chain drive system.
The Yamaha R3 is claimed to hit a top speed of 180kmph, while the Ninja 300 remains stable at a top speed of 172kmph. The KTM RC390 too easily reaches 180kmph.
Kawasaki Ninja 300- 140mm
Yamaha R3- 160mm
KTM RC390- 178mm
Fuel Tank Capacity
Kawasaki Ninja 300- 17-litres
Yamaha YZF-R3- 14-litres
KTM RC390- 9.5-litres
Kawasaki Ninja 300- 3.60 lakh
Yamaha YZF R3- Rs. 3.25 lakh
KTM RC390- Rs. 2.10 lakh
Braking System- All three bikes come equipped with front and rear disc brakes as standard.
While the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC390 come with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), the Yamaha YZF R3 misses out on both ABS and Slipper Clutch.