New Yamaha R3 India Launch Date Revealed: The Japanese manufacturer Yamaha has recently sent out media invites by the name “Block Your Date” where the brand will be launching its surprise product on December 19, 2019. The earlier speculations suggested a host of motorcycles that could be launched by the brand on the said event though, Yamaha has recently hinted strongly towards the launch of the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 with a BS6-compliant engine in the Indian market on the said date. In addition to this, some of the Yamaha dealerships have also commenced the bookings for the updated model of the motorcycle.
According to the brand, the BS6 upgrade will cause the price of the sports machine to rise by a small margin though, the exact pricing details will be revealed at the time of the official launch. New Yamaha R3 was officially unveiled earlier this year, flaunting impressive design upgrades and improved equipment for the dedicated riders.
The motorcycle comes with a slim twin-headlight design with more effective LED illumination and R15 V3 inspired faux air intake in the middle. The front fairing is now more in line with flagship R1, offering enough space for the rider to hide behind during quick straight road sprints.
The front section uses 37mm KYB USD (Upside Down) forks for better handling while the fuel tank retains its original shape for the perfect R-series feel. However, the fins are now seen on the top front side of R3’s fuel tank.
The side fairing of the New Yamaha R3 is more linear now, leaving no empty see-through space as one can witness in the old generation model. The upper side of the fairing supports R moniker while the lower half stays black and holds the Yamaha branding.
Overall, the fairing is different from the one seen on present generation R3 in India. Another big upgrade is the new all-digital instrument console, offering white back-lit TFT with features like gear indicator, engine heat level, and digital clock. The clip-on bars now bring sporty riding position while the rear half stays identical to the older version.
Yamaha R3 still uses the 321cc, twin-cylinder engine, producing 42HP @ 10,750 rpm and 29.6Nm @ 9,000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It weighs 169kg with 14-litres of fuel in the tank and all fluids included. The brakes remain similar to the one seen on the Indian version, carrying ABS as standard for the markets where the safety feature is mandatory.
The current-gen variant of the motorcycle is presently available in the market at a price tag of INR 3.52 lakh (ex-showroom). The BS6 model of the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 is expected to get a price tag of around INR 3.70 lakh, and it will compete in the market with the likes of Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC 390, and Benelli 302R.