2020 Yamaha R3 unveiled for European and US markets

06/09/2019 - 14:31 | ,  ,  ,  ,   | Neelanjan Chakraborty

Yamaha has updated its entry-level supersports offering Yamaha R3 with new colours for 2020. Changes in the 2020 R3 are only cosmetic and not mechanical.

2020 Yamaha R3 Icon Blue Side Profile Motion
The 2020 Yamaha R3 will be offered in Icon Blue and Midnight Black.

The new colour schemes for MY2020 bring the Yamaha R3 closer to the recently unveiled 2020 Yamaha R1. The Icon Blue colour scheme now loses the blacks and gains a new grey shade in the tail section. The Midnight Black colour scheme is now all-black with even the decals bearing a darker shade. The upside-down fork is now black-coloured instead of golden.

The powerplant of the 2020 Yamaha R3 is the same 321 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled mill. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 42 PS of power and 29.6 Nm of torque. The bike tips the scales at 170 kg and has a ground clearance of 160 mm. The 14-litre fuel tank makes the R3 a great choice for touring. Suspension duties are handled by upside-down fork sourced from KYB and monocross shock at the rear.

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Anchoring the 2020 Yamaha R3 is a 298 mm floating-mount disc brake up front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. Both the European and US version of 2020 R3 are shod with Dunlop Sportmax tyres shod over cast-aluminium wheels. The Indian version, though, may get Metzelers.

Yamaha India is expected to launch the updated R3 in India soon. We believe that the upcoming motorcycle will get the same new colour options offered in Europe and the US now. The Japanese manufacturer is expected to increase localisation levels for the Yamaha R3 in India to bring costs to a competitive level.

2020 Yamaha R3 Rear Three Quarters Studio Midnight
The new Midnight Black shade is one of the best ever schemes seen in any of the facelifted Yamaha R3 so far.

The old Yamaha R3 was priced in India at INR 3.51 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Yamaha R3 will compete with the star performer of the segment Kawasaki Ninja 300 which is priced at INR 2.98 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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