Yamaha R3 Released with a Starting Price of Rs 4.65 Lakh

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The Yamaha R3 is now available in India, priced at Rs 4.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The relatively elevated cost is attributed to the R3’s status as a CBU import from Indonesia, marking a departure from the previous generation, which was a CKD import. Yamaha simultaneously introduced the MT-03 alongside the R3.

The current iteration of the Yamaha R3 has been available internationally for approximately three years, which explains its deviation from Yamaha’s latest design philosophy featured in models like the R1, R6, R7, and even the R15.

Despite this, the latest version introduces a USD fork, contributing to a stylish and sporty aesthetic. The overall platform remains quite similar to the previous model, utilizing the same chassis. The reliable 321cc parallel-twin engine continues its service, delivering an unchanged 42hp and 29.5Nm.

Weighing a modest 169kg, the R3 exhibits agility and ease of handling. Its low seat height of 780mm is particularly appealing to shorter riders, providing further details that can be explored here.

In terms of features, the R3 maintains simplicity, lacking advanced riding assists beyond dual-channel ABS. Notably, it does not feature a TFT display and instead incorporates an LCD instrument console.

With its current price, the Yamaha R3 positions itself at a higher tier compared to the single-cylinder KTM RC 390, priced at Rs 3.18 lakh. Meanwhile, the recently launched Aprilia RS 457 is a more direct competitor, closely priced at Rs 4.10 lakh (ex-showroom).

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