Yamaha R3 Unveiled In UK; Expected Launch In 2015

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Japanese automobile giant Yamaha has launched their quarter-litre motorcycle in Indonesia. The motorcycle is highly anticipated in several markets and was christened as the R25. Currently it is available only in Indonesia and nowhere else, it was expected to be launched in India before 2015.

In the meanwhile Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM has gone ahead and launched its RC 390. Honda too will be replacing its CBR 250R with a more potent 300 cc mil, which will be renamed as their CBR 300R. Kawasaki too have on offer its Ninja 300, most manufacturers are leaving the 250cc segment and entering the 300cc battle.

Yamaha has now revealed its new R3 super sport motorcycle. It has been unveiled and is expected to be on sale in the United Kingdom and Europe by 2015. It will sport a 321cc in-line twin liquid cooled engine, which will be capable of producing 42 horsepower, along with 29.55 Nm of peak torque.

Design wise the Japanese manufacturer has not changed much and retain the R-series DNA. It is identical to the R25 that has been launched in Indonesia, the main differences are the larger engine and safety feature like ABS as standard. The motorcycle has been designed to be ergonomic for both street and circuit use.

Yamaha will be providing its R3 with a Diamond frame chassis and will weigh 169 kilograms. The bike dynamics have a 50/50 weight distribution for predictable handling. The instrument console has several features integrated into it and can give loads of information. The motorcycle sports a huge 14-litre fuel tank for extended mileage.

Yamaha's R3 will surely give tough time to the Ninja 300 and RC 390 from Kawasaki and KTM respectively. The Japanese manufacturer is expected to showcase its motorcycle to the general public on 3rd November at the EICMA motor show, which will be held in Milan, Paris.

We would really love if Yamaha could get its R3 to India instead of the R25 that it has originally planned for. The 321cc in-line twin engine will be well placed against the Ninja 300 and RC 390 by KTM. The R3 by Yamaha will really spice up the competition in India, which is good news for customers.

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Story first published: Monday, October 20, 2014, 16:21 [IST]
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