- Showcased at the Bharat GP
- Could be officially launched in December
- Powered by a 321cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor
Yamaha India has once again showcased its upcoming 300cc twins, the YZF R3 and MT-03, in India, and this time it was at the Bharat GP. The Japanese brand is likely to launch both bikes in December this year, and here’s what we expect from the Yamaha duo.
With the 300-400cc segment gaining momentum, the Yamaha R3 and MT-03 will have quite a few rivals already awaiting. The R3 will go against the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Ninja 400, TVS Apache RR 310, BMW G 310 R, and the upcoming Aprilia RS 457. Now, the only twin-cylinder bikes from the aforementioned line-up are the Ninjas and the Aprilia. Then, the MT-03 will lock horns with the newly launched KTM 390 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 310, and the BMW G 310. That said, this will make the MT-03 the only twin-cylinder naked bike in the segment.
Powering the Yamaha YZF R3 and the MT-03 will be a 321cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill developing 42bhp and 29.6Nm. It is linked to a six-speed gearbox. Then, the features list will include an LCD with a speedometer, odometer, trip meter, tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel level readout, and more. However, unlike most of the rivals, the Yamaha 300cc bikes seem to miss out on smartphone connectivity.
Meanwhile, the suspension setup for both bikes includes USD front forks and a monoshock. The braking hardware comprises a single front and rear disc with dual-channel ABS. These are mounted on 17-inch wheels wrapped in road-biased rubber.
The unofficial bookings for the Yamaha R3 and MT-03 have commenced at some dealerships with the token amount ranging between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000.