Leading Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha is likely to launch the 2019 edition of the YZF R3 superbike on 19 December. Earlier this week, the company sent out a media invitation for the launch of the BS-VI version of the Fascino and other Yamaha scooters. Industry sources, however, now suggest that Yamaha may first launch the 2019 YZF R3 instead.
The Yamaha YZF R3 last got an update in 2018 and the motorcycle has since remained unchanged. Back then, it received Metzeler Sportec radial tyres and the antilock braking system (ABS). The international-specification model of the bike, however, already sports revised ergonomics, an inverted fork, digital instrument cluster, and a new design language. The bike was showcased at the Milan Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) last year.
The YZF R3 sold overseas is yet to be upgraded to the Euro 5 emission standards, equivalent to the upcoming BS-VI norm in India. A facelift version of the YZF R3 has been due for quite some time now and the motorcycle could be Yamaha’s first BS-VI compliant two-wheeler in India.
The current version of the Yamaha YZF R3 is hauled by a liquid-cooled, parallel-twin 321cc motor which outputs 42PS maximum power and 29.6Nm peak torque. The bike returns a claimed mileage of around 35kmpl. There could be a minor change to the engine’s performance since it will be a BS-VI compatible unit.
The outgoing version of the Yamaha YZF R3 commands an ex-showroom price of INR3.51 lakh. Industry experts peg the 2019 edition’s price to be between INR3.7 lakh to ?3.9 lakh because of the BS-VI upgrade and other expected changes. The 2019 YZF R3 will continue to lock horns with other superbikes in its class like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 (INR2.98 lakh), Benelli 320R (INR3.10 lakh) and the KTM RC 390 (INR2.44 lakh).