2016 Yamaha MT-03 - First Look

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Jaichandran Jayapalan
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