EICMA 2015: Yamaha MT-03 unveiled

Team OD  /
18 Nov 2015 12:23:15 IST

Yamaha showcased the new MT-03 at the EICMA 2015, the naked version of its R-series motorcycle, the YZF-R3. Essentially a Yamaha R3 without the fairing, the MT-03 shares all the mechanicals with its faired sibling.

Yamaha MT-03 (11)

Yamaha MT-03 (2)

Visually, the changes are the single headlamp, flat and raised handlebar, instrument cluster, tank extensions and stickering on the bodywork. Although the rear section is similar to the YZF-R3, Yamaha has managed to lend the MT-03 an individual character. The minimal body panels have left the beautiful steel trellis frame exposed and in the contrasting shade of blue it adds to the street fighter appeal. A short belly pan hangs below the frame and complements the overall styling of the MT-03. The wheels and tyre size are similar to the YZF-R3.

The Yamaha MT-03 gets the same motor too. The liquid-cooled parallel twin engine produces 42PS and 29.60Nm. We've tested the YZF-R3,both on the track as well as on the road and we loved the smooth and refined nature of the engine. The Yamaha MT-03 is 4kg lighter than the YZF-R3, thanks to lesser bodywork, and that lends the naked motorcycle a better power to weight ratio.

Yamaha MT-03 (9)

Yamaha MT-03 (5)

Yamaha MT-03 (4)

Yamaha MT-03 (1)

With the Yamaha YZF-R3 already on sale in India, Yamaha India may get the MT-03 to India sooner than expected. The company may also showcase the motorcycle at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. TheYamaha MT-03 will be up against the KTM 390 Duke, Benelli TNT300, Kawasaki Z250 as well as the upcoming BMW G310 R.

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