Yamaha R3 vs KTM RC390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 – Comparo


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Yamaha India will finally introduce the YZF-R3 on August 11, 2015, which will take on rivals KTM RC390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. While on performance the Benelli TNT 300 is also a worthy rival, it has not been included in this comparison as its a naked motorcycle, whereas the bikes here are fully-faired.

Yamaha YZF-R3 vs KTM RC390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 - Comparo
Yamaha R3 vs KTM RC390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 specification comparison.

Starting with the engine, the KTM RC390 has the highest displacement, despite being a single-cylinder unit. The Yamaha R3 and the Ninja 300 feature twin-cylinder engines displacing 321 cc and 296 cc respectively. On paper, these motorcycles produce power in the whereabouts of 39-43 PS, though the RC390 develops its maximum power and torque earlier in its rev-range.

The RC390 also has the highest power-weight ratio in its class at 262.04 PS/tonne, while the Ninja puts the lowest figure of 226.74 PS/tonne. Courtesy of the RC390’s performance credentials is its lightest weight in class of only 166 kg.

All motorcycles get similar disc brakes at the front and rear, and ABS is expected to be offered on the R3 as well. However, the RC390 gets wider Metzeler tyres at the back in comparison.

Prices of the Yamaha R3 will be announced on August 11, though according to reports, it will be imported through the CKD route from Indonesia, indicating that prices may not be as aggressive as the locally manufactured KTM.

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