Yamaha has officially introduced the latest iteration of the R3 in the Indian market, with a price tag of Rs 4.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Notably, the relatively elevated price is attributed to the fact that the R3 is imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) from Indonesia, in contrast to its predecessor which arrived in India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) import. Yamaha concurrently unveiled the MT-03 alongside the R3.
Despite having been available in its current form overseas for approximately three years, the Yamaha R3 diverges from the brand’s latest design philosophy witnessed in models like the R1, R6, R7, and the R15. Nevertheless, the updated version boasts a distinctive USD fork, contributing to an enhanced aesthetic and heightened sportiness. The motorcycle retains its familiar chassis from the previous generation. Powering the R3 is the proven 321cc parallel-twin engine, delivering a consistent 42hp and 29.5Nm of torque.
Weighing a mere 169kg, the R3 maintains a nimble and easily manageable profile. The motorcycle’s appeal is further extended to shorter riders, thanks to its low seat height of 780mm. While the R3 keeps its features uncomplicated, offering only dual-channel ABS as a riding assist, it does not incorporate advanced elements like a TFT display, opting for an LCD instrument console instead.
Priced significantly higher than the single-cylinder KTM RC 390, which is available at Rs 3.18 lakh, the Yamaha R3 faces competition from the recently launched Aprilia RS 457, priced at Rs 4.10 lakh (ex-showroom). Despite the absence of cutting-edge features, the Yamaha R3 positions itself as a formidable choice for enthusiasts seeking a lightweight and agile sportbike experience.