The bike gets new paint schemes but the mechanical underpinnings remain the same as the previous generation model.
The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 comes in three colour variants – Raven, Team Yamaha Blue, and Vivid White. The motorcycles will be available from February 2018 in the United States. Prices start from USD 4,999 for the non-ABS models, and USD 5,299 for the ABS versions, both MSRP.
Powering the 2018 R3 is a 321cc inline twin cylinder engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The Euro 4 compliant engine puts out 42 PS of power at 10,750 rpm, and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The powerplant pairs with a 6-speed transmission.
Suspension bits include 41 mm KYB front fork, and a KYB rear monoshock. Taking care of the anchorage are the 298 mm front and a 220 mm rear disc, with ABS as an option. The bike comes with a 14-litre fuel tank, and weighs 170 kg wet for the ABS model. As per US regulations, the claimed fuel efficiency stands at 23.8 km/l.
Yamaha has discontinued the R3 in India owing to the transition from BS 3 to BS 4 emission norms, and will reportedly update the motorcycle this month.