YAMAHA YZF-R3 India Launch is expected to take place in the early 2015.
After the sale in the international market in April 2015, it is set to be launched in India.
The YZF-R3 has a 41bhp twin cylinder bored out 320cc version of the YZF R25 in October.
The 300cc motorcycle segment is divided into the single and twin cylinders. There’s the Honda and KTM RC390, which comprise the singles while the Ninja 300 and he Yamaha YZF-R3 form the twins. India has accepted the bikes above the Rs. 1 lakh but the segment is still very small, for commuter bikes bite into most of the sales.
But clearly Yamaha has a problem on their hands with the YZF-R3 in India. Considering that the single cylinders like the KTM RC390 already have most of the attention, it will be a Herculean task for Yamaha to garner a few points when it comes to the YZF-R3.
If you check the price to performance quotient of the KTM RC 390, there is a bit more value addition. There is 43bhp on offer from a 373cc engine, front and rear disc brakes, WP Monoshock and has a 6-speed clawshift transmission. Priced at Rs. 2.01 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), it manages to make a case for itself. The KTM RC 390 is a beast then and KTM and Bajaj have managed to give the Indian consumer a bike which is 100% locally sourced, is affordable for KTM lovers and does not interfere with the Pulsar fans.
It’s really a mystery how Yamaha will deal with this issue. The YZF-R3 is quite the bike – underpowered when compared to the KTM, the twin cylinder means that there will be seamless delivery of power. Those duties are also taken care of the Constant mesh 6-speed transmission and this is where the R3 scores all its points. But, the company has to do more to ensure the YZF-R3 comes out as the winner.
To put it simply, Yamaha will have to locally produce the YZF-R3. But if they do not do that, you are looking at a price slightly north of the 4 lakh mark. The R3 does mean a lot of work for Yamaha but it does come with a lot of benefits for the company. For starters, it opens new doors for those wanting to upgrade from the R15 and the second being, targeting the enthusiasts by giving them a bike that is worth their wallet. The YZF-R3, if priced between 2.0-2.25 lakhs will see other bike makers running for cover.