The most likely strategic move from India Yamaha Motor, after the launch of the much awaited YZF-R3, would be to introduce the MT-03 naked roadster to the Indian turf and it seems like that’s what the Indian arm of the Japanese two-wheeler plans to do in the near future. If recent reports are to be believed, India Yamaha Motor has filed the patents for the MT-03 in the Indian two-wheeler market and this stripped down version of the YZF-R3 is likely reach the Indian shores by 2016.
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The Yamaha YZF-R3 is placed against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the MT-03 will do the same against the slightly smaller displacement engine equipped Z250 in the Indian market. The Yamaha MT-03 will have an edge over the Kawasaki in terms of power output. However, it’s not the green monster that Yamaha should be worried about. It’s the little orange devil from Austria, named the KTM Duke 390, that has been changing the game in the entry level performance motorcycle segment and it is nearly impossible to undercut this Indo-Austrian product in terms of pricing and match its performance in that range.
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While competing with KTM-Bajaj alliance may not be on the agenda for Yamaha, the Japanese two-wheeler maker should also keep an eye on the Italian offering in the segment, the Benelli TNT300.
We really cannot pin-point on the pricing front but Yamaha may try to undercut the Kawasaki Z250 which retails at Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Wouldn’t that be a sweet deal? Do share your views about the Yamaha MT-03 through the comments section below. Don’t forget to share the news through our social toolbar below.