Yamaha has unveiled a limited edition version of its smallest twin cylinder fully faired super sport motorcycle, the YZF-R3. Named as Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition, the R3, along with its bigger siblings – the YZF-R7 and YZF-R1, have been treated with a special livery as a part of this limited-run update. The motorcycle currently has been put on sale for the global markets only, and not in India.
Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition: Design
This new limited edition version of the Yamaha YZF-R3 comes with a number of visual tweaks, all of which are related to only with a new livery and stickers here and there. The complete livery of this limited edition model mimics the livery of the motorcycle on which Phil Read won the Belgian GP in 1964. This was the first ever win secured by Yamaha in a MotoGP race, thus making the event a very special affair.
As a part of this limited edition, the Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition comes with a complete dual tone white and red paint scheme, with red decals on side parts of the full fairing and tail section. In addition to this, the frontal part of the full fairing has been treated with a yellow colored strip running in the middle of it. Lastly, the alloy wheels, Yamaha logos on the fuel tank and front forks are finished in golden.
Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition: Equipment
Apart from the different livery option, the Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition carries no additional changes over the original design and equipment list of the regular R3. The fully faired motorcycle continues to come with dual LED headlamps and LED tail lamp. The full LCD instrument console of the motorcycle reads out essential information, including gear position, real time and average fuel economy, clock and an oil change trip meter.
Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition: Mechanicals
For this limited edition model, Yamaha hasn’t tinkered with the mechanical setup under the skin. The motorcycle continues to source its power from a four-stroke, parallel twin, liquid cooled, 321cc engine, which makes 42 bhp @ 10,750 rpm of maximum power and 29.6 Nm @ 9,000 rpm of maximum torque output. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine has finally been updated to Euro-5 norms.
Apart from that, the motorcycle gets upside down KYB telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. The braking system is a combination of 298mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc, with a dual channel ABS being offered as standard.
Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition: Availability
The limited edition Yamaha R3 has been launched only for the global markets, with it not coming to the Indian market anytime soon. However, given that the motorcycle has finally become compliant to Euro-5 norms, it becomes fit to suit BS-6 emission norms as well. This signals that the regular version of the Yamaha YZF-R3 can be launched in India in the near future.