At 3.48 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi for the R3, Yamaha has announced that they are back in the game and in style (link to the launch story)! See, there is nothing drastically different that they have done, since it is essentially the same old motorcycle without any design changes. But, it’s generally ‘smaller’ things that make big differences, like in this case!
Old vs New R3 Changes
BSIV Engine – The only reason why Yamaha had to stop sales of the older R3 was because of the enforcement of the BSIV compliance from 1st April 2017. The R3 which we got was BSIII certified and hence could not be sold thereafter. The 2018 R3 comes with a BSIV compliant engine, however, the specs remain the same. If there is a difference in tune we will come to know only when we test it…
New Colours – Yamaha has introduced black colour for the motorcycle and even the blue is a little different. We have explained this in the next section.
Metzeler Tyres – Latest introduction, and a worthy one for this motorcycle, is the Metzeler tyres. 2018 R3 comes with M5 Interact tyres which should offer much better grip than MRF Zappers of the older version.
ABS – Prospect buyers and even the current owners of the older R3 miss ABS and it was a deal breaker for many. But Yamaha listened and the new version comes with a proper dual-channel ABS.
So, now the question is – will you buy the Ninja 300 (which is on discounts at the moment) or the 302R from Benelli, or this? Or wait a minute… does the absurdly priced Ninja 400 seals the deal for you?