Looks like our debate is over, there is a strong indication that Yamaha is launching their most awaited bike here in India. R3 makes way home in September this year. Looks like Yamaha is in no mood of staying behind the competitors as there are no reports of R25 to be found, and R3 will be the bike that will be launched by the September end this year. Yamaha YZF-R3 will go head to head against the upcoming Honda CBR300R and Kawasaki Ninja 300. The expected price of R3 is approximately INR 2.95 lakhs (ex-showroom) which is still less than Kawasaki Ninja 300’s ex-showroom price of INR 3.50 lakhs.
R3 will be powered by 321cc, twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 42bhp power and 29.6 Nm torque. The engine is mated to a constant mesh, 6-speed transmission. The R-series technology which is used in the YZF-R3 includes a direct-drive camshaft, forged pistons, carburized con rods, low-friction cylinders and even more. ABS system comes on standard safety equipment on the YZF-R3 and this bike will come out in two color shades-Race Blue and Midnight Black. The performance figure might be less than the KTM’s RC390 but out on road it will prove to be the strongest competition to the orange machine.