Are you one of those who thought the awesome YZF-R3 wasn’t exciting enough? Well, here Yamaha’s answer for that! The MT-03, the latest from Yamaha’s exclusive line of naked street bikes, is more than just a stripped-down R3. Let’s take a closer look at this mean little machine from Japan, and see what it holds in store.
While it incorporates the same diamond frame and other chassis parts as the R3, the MT-03 features a sharper-looking fuel tank, tail section, and underbelly cowl, which we think makes it look outrageously cool. If the R3’s excellent dynamic performance is anything to go by, then the MT-03 should be more of a hoot to ride, given the wider handlebars, and a considerable weight reduction achieved from binning the full-fairing.
The MT-03 utilizes Yamaha’s new 321cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder motor that produces 41.4 bhp and 29.6 Nm of torque, which, surprisingly for a naked bike, is the exact same as its faired counterpart. The unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Expect a 0-100 kmph time of less than 6 seconds, and a top speed north of 175 kmph.
If Yamaha launches the MT-03 in India, which we suspect they would sometime around next year, it will be priced lesser than the R3; around Rs 3.25 lakhs on-road is our guess. It will have quite a bit of competition though, in the form of the KTM Duke 390, the current segment leader; the Kawasaki Z250, the Benelli TNT 300, and the forthcoming BMW G 310 R. This would be one battle that we can’t wait to witness!