2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 - red

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced the newest member to join the acclaimed R-Series, the all-new YZF-R3. Bred from the ground up using Yamaha R Series DNA the YZF-R3 features a 320cc, liquid-cooled, in-line two-cylinder, DOHC, fuel injected engine tuned to deliver excellent power and performance throughout the power band. Legendary R-Series styling with a full fairing gives the YZF-R3 that destined for the racetrack look and the low seat height of 30.7” make it available to a wide variety of riders looking for their first motorcycle or just prefer a lightweight, nimble machine. The YZF-R3 features top notch components like KYB front suspension, lightweight aluminum 10-spoke wheels and a newly designed compact LCD instrument panel that displays all the important data at a glance. The YZF-R3 will be available in three color options—Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Rapid Red and Raven and will retail for just $4,990 in the U.S.A, with bikes available in dealerships beginning in March 2015.

Now the big questions, will this be the one for India and when can we see it here? We are pretty sure the Yamaha YZF-R3 is the one for India. The when, is a bit tricky. There are mixed responses, but the most concrete of it all say by March 2015. Another interesting point to discuss would be the pricing. It only makes sense to assume that Yamaha will at least eventually make these in India. But the first few might in fact be a mix of import and made in India like how the R15 was initially brought in. But then things are different for Yamaha now. A completely made in India R3 from day one is definitely possible, which brings us back to the pricing question. Either ways expect the Yamaha YZF-R3 to be priced around the 2.8 lakh ex-showroom price.

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 - blue

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 specifications

  • Engine type: 2-Cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
  • Displacement: 321 cc
  • Bore x stroke: 68.0 mm x 44.1 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.2 : 1
  • Maximum power: 30.9 kW (42.0PS) @ 10,750 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 29.6 Nm (3.0 kg-m) @ 9,000 RPM
  • Lubrication system: Wet sump
  • Clutch Type: Wet, Multiple Disc
  • Carburettor: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition system: TCI
  • Starter system: Electric
  • Transmission system: Constant Mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission: Chain
  • Chassis: Frame Diamond
  • Front suspension system:Telescopic forks
  • Front forks travel: 130 mm
  • Caster Angle: 25º
  • Trail: 95 mm
  • Rear suspension system: Swingarm
  • Rear Travel: 125 mm
  • Front brake: Hydraulic single disc, 298 mm
  • Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc, 220 mm
  • Front tyre: 110/70-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)
  • Rear tyre: 140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
  • Overall length: 2,090 mm
  • Overall width: 720 mm
  • Overall height: 1,135 mm
  • Seat height: 780 mm
  • Wheel base: 1,380 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance: 160 mm
  • Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank): 169 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 14.0 L
  • Oil tank capacity: 2.4 L