The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 has been revealed by Yamaha for the international market. The bike gets new paint schemes but the mechanical underpinnings remain the same as the previous generation model.
The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 comes in three colour variants – Raven, Team Yamaha Blue, and Vivid White. The motorcycles will be available from February 2018 in the United States. Prices start from USD 4,999 for the non-ABS models, and USD 5,299 for the ABS versions, both MSRP.
Powering the 2018 R3 is a 321cc inline twin cylinder engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The Euro 4 compliant engine puts out 42 PS of power at 10,750 rpm, and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The powerplant pairs with a 6-speed transmission.
Suspension bits include 41 mm KYB front fork, and a KYB rear monoshock. Taking care of the anchorage are the 298 mm front and a 220 mm rear disc, with ABS as an option. The bike comes with a 14-litre fuel tank, and weighs 170 kg wet for the ABS model. As per US regulations, the claimed fuel efficiency stands at 23.8 km/l.
Yamaha has discontinued the R3 in India owing to the transition from BS 3 to BS 4 emission norms, and will reportedly update the motorcycle this month. If launched in India, the bike would rival with KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, and Benelli 302R.