Yamaha has introduced an updated version of the Yamaha R3 for the 2023 model year, featuring several new enhancements. The first country to receive the 2023 Yamaha R3 is Japan, where the official launch took place on May 10th, 2023. The quoted price for the motorcycle is JPY 726,000, including tax, which approximately amounts to Rs. 4.39 lakh based on the current currency exchange rates.
In terms of componentry, the Yamaha R3 did not require significant changes, resulting in minimal updates for the 2023 model year. Previous updates in 2019 already included USD forks and other components. Interestingly, Yamaha did not introduce any new color options for the 2023 update. However, there are still noteworthy additions to the motorcycle. Let’s delve into the details.
The launch of the MY2023 Yamaha R3 in Japan holds particular significance for the Indian automobile market, as an imminent launch in India is expected. Yamaha also unveiled other models alongside the R3, including the MT-03, MT-07, and MT-09. Dealer sources have revealed that Yamaha plans to introduce most of these models in India, with the R3 and MT-03 being highly likely candidates. Once launched, the YZF-R3 will compete against the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Ninja 400, as well as the KTM RC 390.
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2023 Yamaha R3 features
Indian enthusiasts are eagerly hoping to receive all the additional features introduced in the MY2023 Yamaha R3. Speaking of which, Yamaha now offers LED turn indicators as standard with the 2023 update. This is a significant improvement, as the previous halogen bulbs were a major drawback in the R3’s design. The new LED turn indicators at the front and rear seamlessly integrate with the stylish LED headlights and LED tail lights, enhancing the overall aesthetics.
Another notable addition is the availability of a quick shifter; however, it is not included as a standard feature. Prospective buyers will need to spend an additional JPY 22,000 (approximately Rs. 13,325) to have this feature. It remains unclear whether the quick shifter enables both clutchless upshifts and downshifts or only one of them. The Yamaha R15M also receives a quick shifter but supports only clutchless upshifts.
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2023 Yamaha R3 colors and dimensions
So, what does the 2023 Yamaha R3 offer? It comes in three color options, just like its predecessor: Deep Purplish Blue Metallic, Dark Bluish Purple Metallic, and Metallic Black. Among them, the Dark Bluish Purple Metallic variant stands out as the flashiest, although personal preferences may vary.
In terms of dimensions, the R3 measures 2090 mm in length, 730 mm in width, and 1140 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1380 mm and a ground clearance of 160 mm, providing ample capability to tackle any type of speed breaker.
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2023 Yamaha R3 engine specs
The R3 retains its robust and high-performing 320cc parallel twin engine with liquid cooling, a 4V head, and a DOHC setup.
This engine delivers 42 PS of power at 10,750 RPM and 30 Nm of torque at 9,000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. With a fuel tank capacity of 14 liters, the 2023 Yamaha R3 weighs an impressive 169 kg. The motorcycle features USD front telescopic forks, a rear monoshock, and 110/70-17 front and 140/70-17 rear tires.
Yamaha equips the R3 with a single disc setup at both ends, accompanied by dual-channel ABS for enhanced safety. While thicker tires would be appreciated, enthusiasts also hope that Yamaha incorporates the same fully digital TFT instrument cluster from the R15M, including Bluetooth connectivity. However, the R3 features a fully digital LCD panel with limited functionalities.
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2023 Yamaha R3 expected launch date and price
The launch of the Yamaha R3 in India is expected to take place before Diwali in 2023. Enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the pricing details, which are anticipated to fall within the range of Rs. 4 lakhs.
Overall, the 2023 Yamaha R3 comes with a range of updates and additions, despite not requiring major component changes. With LED turn indicators as standard, improved aesthetics, and the option for a quick shifter, the R3 aims to offer an enhanced riding experience. Indian customers are hopeful that they will receive all these added features when the motorcycle arrives in the country.
Yamaha’s commitment to continually improving their lineup demonstrates their dedication to meeting the evolving needs and preferences of motorcycle enthusiasts. With the upcoming launch of the 2023 Yamaha R3 in India, riders can look forward to experiencing the performance and style of this highly anticipated model.
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