Japanese automaker Yamaha has showcased the 2020 edition of its popular supersport bike, the YZF-R3. The updated Yamaha YZF-R3 comes with improved styling, upgraded suspension, and several new features. The bike takes inspiration from Yamaha’s MotoGP YZR-M1, which has helped achieve a sleeker, more aerodynamic design.
Upfront, the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 features a transparent windshield, blacked-out mirrors, and compact LED headlights with a central air duct that maximizes cooling airflow for the engine. LED lighting is used for the taillamps, too. The low-profile fuel tank design, stepped seats, and body-colored alloy wheels, does add to the overall sportiness of the bike.
The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 retains the mechanical specifications of its predecessor. Hence, it is powered by the same 321cc liquid-cooled, DOHC engine which produces 42PS of maximum power at 10,750rpm and 29.6Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm. For transmission duties, the motorcycle gets a six-speed manual gearbox.
Another key upgrade is the new white backlit digital instrumentation that displays a wide range of information such as gear position, clock, fuel capacity, water temperature, trip meter, and real-time and average fuel economy. The suspension system has also been upgraded, featuring new inverted forks at the front and a Monocross unit at the rear. The rear unit is also adjustable for spring preload, to account for passengers or cargo.
On the safety front, the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3 comes equipped with 298mm disc brakes on the front, 220mm disc brakes on the rear, and dual-channel ABS to prevent wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions. Thanks to the engine placement and overall machine dimensions, the YZF-R3 features a near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution for enhanced performance, especially in dynamic riding environments.
There is no official word about 2020 Yamaha YZF-R3’s pricing and availability as of now. But, it should reach the Indian shores by early next year.