Yamaha is just weeks away from revealing the R25, a fully faired sibling of the R3, at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Automotive Show (GIIAS), which opens on the August 2, 2018. While the R25 shares a similar design with the R3, it’s got a smaller 250-cc, parallel twin engine compared to the R3’s 321-cc unit. The hugely revamped R25 is just the precursor for the second generation Yamaha R3, which is expected to follow soon after. We expect Yamaha to launch the all-new, 2nd generation Yamaha R3 globally in 2019, which is when the high-performance sportsbike is likely to arrive into India as well.
As for changes, the Yamaha R25 will get them first. The styling is expected to be R1 inspired, which means that the new motorcycle could look quite radical. The 2nd generation R3 will get similar styling updates. Other changes that will be common to both the R25 and R3 include a brand new chassis, upside down front forks, LED headlamps, a new tail section, variable valve actuation (VVA) for the engine and a few other feature additions. The engine is likely to gain more power thanks to the VVA technology, while lower rpm response could also improve significantly. Currently, the Yamaha R3 uses a 321-cc, parallel-twin engine with 42 PS-29.6 Nm. Expect these outputs to rise slightly.
The engine will continue to be liquid cooled and fuel injected, while the 6-speed manual gearbox will be retained. The updated R3 is expected to continue with sticky Metzeler tyres shod on alloy wheels. Disc brakes will be standard on both wheels, along with the life-saving ABS safety feature. New paint schemes are expected, and the all-new Yamaha R3 is expected to be priced slightly higher in order to account for the various changes. As of now, the Yamaha R3 is priced at Rs. 3.48 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, making it quite a pricey motorcycle already. It remains to be seen how Yamaha manages to walk the tightrope with regard to pricing of the all-new model.