2024 Yamaha R3 Review: Sweet, Enjoyable But VERY Pricey
Reviews by Team Drivio | 27th Dec 23
The Yamaha R3 costs an astounding Rs 4.65 lakh, ex-showroom
- R3’s 321cc engine makes 42PS and a rather low 29.7Nm
- Apart from dual channel ABS, it has no real features to boast of
- In terms of design too, the 2024 R3 seems like a slight downgrade from the previous R3
The Yamaha R3, absent from the Indian market since the pre-2020 BS6 emissions norms era, is set to make a comeback alongside its sibling, the MT-03. These bikes, arriving as CBU imports, maintain global specifications, with minor adaptations for local regulations. Yamaha hints at future localization, but for now, they remain imports slated for a 2024 release in India.
2024 Yamaha R3: Design & Features
Although the Yamaha R3 for India carries a design dating back three years, its aesthetic appeal endures. The absence of Yamaha's latest design elements, seen in models like the R1 and R7, is compensated by a sleeker headlamp and a noteworthy USD fork, adding a sportier touch.
The layered side-fairing and Yamaha logo on the fuel tank contribute to a striking appearance. Despite its sporty facade, the R3 offers a rider-friendly experience with a manageable riding position and a comfortable 780mm seat height, standing out from the current R15 and even the new Hero Karizma XMR.
2024 Yamaha R3: Engine
|2024 Yamaha R3
|321cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine
The engine, reminiscent of the outgoing R3, retains its 321cc parallel-twin powerplant, delivering 42hp. With a penchant for high revs up to a 12,000rpm redline, the engine balances performance and low-speed tractability, making it suitable for city riding.
However, the clutch's slightly heavier feel might pose a minor concern in bumper-to-bumper traffic. On open roads, the R3 shines, offering smooth power delivery and an engaging exhaust note at higher revs. Anticipate a mid-5-second 0-100kph time and a top speed exceeding 170kph.
2024 Yamaha R3: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes
|2024 Yamaha R3
Apart from the new USD fork, the chassis retains familiarity, maintaining the R3's light and manageable feel at 169kg. While handling is nimble and capable, the bike's performance on exceptional roads in Thailand exposes minor discomfort on bumpy corners.
The Dunlop tyres, though adequate for regular riding, could benefit from an upgrade for more spirited riding. The platform demonstrates significant potential, evidenced by championship wins in the Indian Supersport 300-400cc category.
2024 Yamaha R3: Dimensions
The R3 impresses with high-quality construction, showcasing solid engineering and reliability. Simplicity defines the bike, lacking advanced features like TFT display, traction control, quickshifter, slip-assist clutch, or adjustable levers. While the absence of these features contributes to the bike's simplicity, it may pose a challenge in the Indian market, especially when compared to the more equipped R15 at a similar price point.
2024 Yamaha R3: Price
|Price (Ex-showroom Delhi)
|2024 Yamaha R3
Priced at Rs 4,64,900 (ex-showroom Delhi), the R3 comes in Icon Black and Yamaha Black color schemes, imported from Indonesia. As a CBU, the expected cost range is Rs 4 lakh-4.50 lakh (ex-showroom), positioning it competitively against rivals like the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and KTM RC 390. However, the lack of advanced features may impact its appeal compared to the upcoming Aprilia RS 457.
So does the Yamaha R3 justify the Rs 4.6 lakh price tag (ex-showroom)? Well, in a way yes, and in a way no…let us explain. The R3 has a wonderfully smooth and versatile engine, something that’s unheard of in this segment, especially from its direct rivals, the KTM RC 390 and the Aprilia RS 457, for both have exciting engines but are also harder to tame and use on an everyday basis. In those terms, the R3 is the most usable of the lot on an everyday basis.
Why is it not justifiable then? Well, you see the RS 457 packs a lot more power and torque while being a whole lot less expensive. So while it may pack a different kind of engine, it is definitely the more value for money product. And that makes the RC 390 an even better value for money proposition. For Rs 3.18 lakh, you get a less powerful bike but something that’s better suited for beginners and newbies. So if you’re that, we’d suggest you take a test ride of the KTM.
So should you buy the 2024 Yamaha R3? Well, if it’s going to be your secondary or third bike, sure go for it. But if you plan to splurge this much money on your very primary bike, we’d advise you to go for the Aprilia RS 457 or the KTM RC 390, both of which are more exciting and a lot more value for money. The R3 is a good bike but its price tag does ruin a lot of things.