Yamaha R3: India vs International-spec - What’s Different?
Here’s what the international-spec R3 gets over the India-spec model
Yamaha showcased the 2019 YZF-R3 a day ahead of the 2018 EICMA show last year. The sub-400cc supersport received a couple of cosmetic updates, more features and mechanical changes compared to the India-spec version. The model sold in India, on the other hand, hasn’t seen much change over the years apart from the inclusion of ABS and new colour schemes. It hasn’t been doing so well in terms of monthly sales either, especially with competitors like the KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300 ruling the sub-400cc segment. Is it the perfect time to bring in the new kid on the block? We sure hope so! And if Yamaha manages to do that, here’s what you would get over the current-gen R3.
Design tweaks and features:
The 2019 YZF-R3 gets a redesigned front fairing, smaller and slimmer LED headlights and smooth lines which makes it look more compact than the previous-gen model. This also results in better aerodynamic efficiency which has improved the bike’s top speed by another 8kmph. Another welcome change is the full-digital instrument console which replaces the dated semi-digital unit on the current-gen R3.
The ergos have also been revised in order to make the bike sportier. The handlebars have been lowered by 22mm while the new fuel tank which draws inspiration from the YZF-R15 V3 is now 31.4mm wider above the knee area and 20mm lower around the fuel cap. This should allow the rider to tuck behind the windscreen and grip the bike better with his/her thighs. The fuel-tank capacity, on the other hand, remains unchanged at 14-litres.
And surprisingly, the wheelbase and the overall dimensions (length, width, height, ground clearance and wheelbase) are identical to the bike currently on sale in India. Similarly, the entire tail section remains untouched.
While the India-spec R3 makes do with conventional telescopic forks, the International model gets premium 37mm Kayaba upside-down forks. Having said that, it retains the link-type KYB monoshock. The brakes are the same as the India-spec R3 -- 298mm up front and 220mm at the rear disc with dual-channel ABS. Interestingly, the international-spec model manages to shed some weight thanks to all the updates. It’s 4kg lighter than the India-spec model which tips the scale at 173kg.
The Yamaha R3 sold overseas gets a number of colour options which includes Racing Blue, Matte Red, Matte Black, Matte Silver and the best one of the lot - the Monster Energy MotoGP Edition. In comparison, the model available in India gets two shades - Racing Blue and black.
Produces more power?
Sadly, the powerplant is the same 321cc parallel-twin unit seen on the India-spec R3. It makes 42PS of power at 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm of peak torque at 9000rpm, mated to a 6-speed transmission sans slipper clutch. It doesn’t even get Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), a feature that’s available even in the brands entry-level supersport - the R15 V3.