Yamaha India “thinking” on launching R25 or R3, says MD – IAB Report

Anjan

Anjan Ravi, I'm a true-blooded petrolhead. Hope you enjoy our news stories, launch coverages, motorshow coverages and test drive reports.

Expected to launch in H2 2015.

Yamaha’s sportbikes, the YZF-R25 and the YZF-R3, were spotted in India recently tossing up rumors that the Japanese company is considering either models for launch. Yamaha India have not confirmed which product will launch, but have instead focussed on introducing volume-oriented products in the commuter motorcycle and scooter segments with the Saluto and Fascino respectively.

Yamaha YZF-R3 side at 2015 Bangkok Motor Show
Both Yamaha motorcycles are powered by a twin-cylinder engine.

Speaking to Indian Autos Blog at the Saluto’s launch last month, Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Ltd., said that introduction of sportsbikes depends on the “customer needs in India”. “Now, we’re thinking. After R15, we’re thinking segments above that, either through CBU or something”, he said when asked about the R25 or R3’s domestic launch.

Where the Yamaha R3 is powered by a twin-cylinder 321 cc engine capable of 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque, the Yamaha R25 gets a 249 cc twin developing 36 PS and 22.1 Nm of torque. Both motorcycles feature a 6-speed transmission and weigh 166 kg (R25) and 169 kg (R3).

Yamaha YZF-R25 racing blue color
The smaller R25 is currently sold only in Indonesia.

Also read: Yamaha MT 25 (naked R25) spied without camouflage

The R3 is reportedly the likely candidate, and will rival established nameplates such as the KTM RC390 and the Kawasaki Ninja in India. However, if launched as a CBU, it could have a price disadvantage over its rivals, which are manufactured in India with high local content (RC390) or assembled from CKD kits (Ninja 300).

Yamaha R3 – Image Gallery

Yamaha R25 – Image Gallery

Contribute to IAB
Submit Spyshots & get Bragging rights! Click Here
Custom Mods on your ride? Get it featured on IAB Submit

Yamaha R3 News & Updates

2018 Yamaha R25 Spied

2018 Yamaha R25 reportedly spied in Indonesia for the first time

Yamaha R25

2018 Yamaha R25 (facelift) begins testing in Indonesia – Report

Yamaha R25 Movistar livery studio

Yamaha R25 facelift coming sooner than expected – Report

2018 Yamaha MT-03 Europe motion fluorescent front three quarter left

Yamaha Europe introduces the 2018 Yamaha MT-03 & 2017 Yamaha R3

2015 Yamaha R3 front quarter at Auto Expo 2016

Yamaha R3 price slashed in Vietnam

Yamaha R25 Auto Expo front view

Yamaha R25 facelift slated for 2019 launch – Report