Yamaha MT-03
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The upcoming festive season will be a feast for motorcycle enthusiasts. Bajaj Auto is all set to launch VS400, BMW G 310 R and MotoGuzzi V9 Roamer and Bobber are in the pipeline. Adding more excitement, emerging reports say Yamaha will launch the MT-03 in India.

A Report in Zigwheels claims that the Yamaha MT-03 will be priced around Rs 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Yamaha MT-03 is basically a stripped-down version of Yamaha YZF-R3 to attain naked, streetfighter looks. The MT-03 is devoid of the fully fairing of the R3 and it comes with a single-pod headlight. It has more conventional single piece and wide handlebar instead of clip-on handle bars of newer bikes. True to its naked street bike DNA, the MT-03 comes with a muscular tank, small tail lamp and exposed frame.

MT-03 is powered by a 321cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that belts out 41.6bhp at 10,750rpm and peak torque of 29.6Nm at 9,000rpm. The mill is mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. The motorcycle weighs just 165kg, about four kilograms less than the YZF-R3. The MT-03 runs on 120/70 and 140/70 section tyres at the front and rear respectively on 17-inch alloy wheels. The motorcycle will feature disc brakes for both wheels 298mm at front and 220mm at rear, while dual-channel Anti-lock Braking system is expected as standard in India.

Yamaha MT-03 will come to India via the CKD route from Indonesia. If Yamaha prices MT-03 at Rs 2.75 lakh, it will be cheaper by Rs 50,000 compared to the YZF-R3 which is priced at Rs 3.25 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The MT-03 will go up against Kawasaki Z250, DSK Benelli TNT300 and the upcoming BMW G 310 R.