The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 is the slightly elder brother to the Japanese giants quarter litre master class entry, the Yamaha YZF-R25. We are all struck by the stunning beauty of a bike the R25 is and wherever Yamaha has started selling it, it has turned out to be a sales powerhouse. Then, moving forward Yamaha declared that there will be a Yamaha YZF-R3 in the mix too. Yamaha announcing the YZF-R3 back in October, made sense and the arrival of the YZF-R3 was imminent given the fact that Kawasaki and Honda have evolved their quarter-litre products to the 300cc category.
Now, the Japanese two-wheeler major has officially revealed the prices for this 300cc motorcycle from the YZF family for the European market. European customers will have to shell out €5,395 for the new YZF-R3 which comes up to about Rs 4.12 lakh, about Rs 15,000-20,000 steeper than the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Yamaha has provided the new YZF-R3 with a new engine and a lightweight chassis.
The YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc inline two-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that puts out 42PS of power and 29.6Nm of torque. The engine comes paired with constant mesh, 6-speed transmission. The R3 uses a direct-drive camshaft, forged pistons, carburized con rods, low-friction cylinders and much more. The lightweight chassis is manufactured from high tensile steel tubing that gives an optimum balance of strength and rigidity. The braking power is provided by a large diameter 298mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc which come with ABS as standard. The Yamaha YZF-R3 will be available in two colour shades – Race Blue and Midnight Black.