Auto Expo: Yamaha R3 launched in India. The new Yamaha R3 is priced at Rs 3.48 lakhs ex-showroom (India) and brings with a host of new changes both mechanical and cosmetic including a BS-IV engine, dual-channel ABS, new tyres and refreshed graphics and two new colour options: Racing Blue and Magma Black. Yamaha had pulled the R3 from the Indian market when BS-IV emission norms came into effect on April 1, 2017.
Powering the 2018 Yamaha R3 is the same liquid-cooled, 321cc in-line twin engine that was seen on the previous R3. However, on the new Yamaha R3, the engine has been upgraded to meet stricter BS-IV emission norms.
The in-line twin engine of the new Yamaha R3 produces 41bhp @ 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm of torque @ 9,000rpm which is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox.
The new 2018 Yamaha R3's suspension setup remains unchanged with 41mm Kayaba forks up front and preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear. The brakes too remain unchanged with 298mm disc front and a 220 mm rear disc brake. To aide the brakes, Yamaha has finally given the R3 for India dual-channel ABS, something missing on the old R3.
The other big change is seen on the 17-inch wheels on the new Yamaha R3 which now stickier Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres. The front wheel is shod with a 110/70 R17 tyre, while the rear gets a wider 140/70 rubber.
The design of the Yamaha R3 remains the same with angular twin-pod headlights up front and a large fairing on the sides and semi-digital instrument cluster that gives riders important info like coolant temperature, dual trip meters and current and average fuel consumption. The new Yamaha R3 gets new graphics and two colour options - Racing Blue and Magma Black.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Launch Of The New Yamaha R3 At Auto Expo
The new Yamaha R3 gets both mechanical and cosmetic tweaks as it returns to India after nearly a year away. The mechanical changes like dual channel ABS and the new Metzeler tyres will be appreciated by enthusiasts as will the revised engine which allows the R3 to return to showrooms. However, the lack of USD forks which are found on rivals like the Apache RR 310 and the KTM RC 390 and the high price tag will mean that the new Yamaha R3 will still be a hard sell in India.