Upcoming 2015 Yamaha R3 prices revealed

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Yamaha took everyone by surprise with the announcement of the YZF-R3 back in October. But the arrival of the YZF-R3 was imminent given the fact that Kawasaki and Honda have evolved their quarter-litre products to the 300cc category. Now, the Japanese two-wheeler major has officially revealed the prices for this 300cc motorcycle from the YZF family for the European market. European customers will have to shell out €5,395 for the new YZF-R3 which comes up to about Rs 4.12 lakh, about Rs 15,000-20,000 steeper than the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

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Yamaha has loaded the new YZF-R3 with a newly developed engine and a lightweight chassis. The YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc inline two-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that puts out 42PS of power and 29.6Nm of torque. The engine comes paired with constant mesh, 6-speed transmission. The R3 uses R-series technology which includes a direct-drive camshaft, forged pistons, carburized con rods, low-friction cylinders and much more.

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The lightweight chassis is manufactured from high tensile steel tubing that gives an optimum balance of strength and rigidity. The braking power is provided by a large diameter 298mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc which come with ABS as standard. The Yamaha YZF-R3 will be available in two colour shades – Race Blue and Midnight Black.

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Engine
Engine type2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement321cc
Bore x stroke68.0 mm x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio11.2 : 1
Maximum power30.9 kW (42.0PS) @ 10,750 rpm
Maximum torque29.6 Nm (3.0 kg-m) @ 9,000 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
Clutch typeWet, Multiple Disc
Fuel systemFuel Injection
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmissionChain
Chassis
FrameDiamond
Front suspension systemTelescopic forks
Front travel130 mm
Caster angle25º
Trail95 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm
Rear travel125 mm
Front brakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre110/70-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)
Rear tyre140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
Dimensions
Overall length2,090 mm
Overall width720 mm
Overall height1,135 mm
Seat height780 mm
Wheel base1,380 mm
Minimum ground clearance160 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)169 kg
Fuel tank capacity14.0 L
Oil tank capacity2.4 L

We believe that Yamaha should work on bringing down the prices to compete against its ace rivals in India. The YZF-R3 will feel some serious brunt of competition from the KTM RC390 and the Honda CBR300R if Yamaha is not able to bring down the prices sufficiently. Do you agree with us? Share your thoughts and opinions with us through comments below.

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