2018 Yamaha YZF-R25/R3 facelift has bee spotted in Indonesia indicating that the bike could be making its way to major markets around the world soon.
The spy shots of 2018 Yamaha YZF-R25/R3 facelift doesn’t indicate any badges or branding, but the looks of the bike does’t leave any doubt about which bike it is. Both the R25 and R3 models uses the same design and components, with the latter getting a slightly bigger engine. With the model temporarily discontinued, the 2018 edition just might be good news for fans in countries where the bike has been discontinued.
The 2018 Yamaha R25/R3 is expected to boast of subtle yet important upgrades over the current version. While the overall design will continue to be the same, expect to see revisions to the dual headlamp cluster as well as tweaks to the fairing as well. The tail lamp too could see changes as well. While there won’t be any major changes on the mechanical front, speculations do suggest that Yamaha could introduce a Ram air intake on the facelifted version for improved performance.
In its current setup, the Yamaha R25 uses a 250 cc 8-valve parallel-twin cylinder engine tuned to produce 35 bhp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. On the other hand, the Yamaha R3 uses a 321 cc twin-pot motor that churns out a healthier 41 bhp at 10,750 rpm and peak torque of 29.6 Nm at 9000 rpm. Both engines come paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are performed by 41 mm telescopic front forks and a monoshock setup at the rear, while braking performance comes from twin disc brakes at the front and rear.
The Yamaha YZF-R25 was globally introduced in 2015 and the larger R3 was introduced later the same year. The 2018 Yamaha R25 and R3 facelift could make its debut later this year in Indonesia. It is likely that the the bike maker will directly launch the facelifted version in the country, this time with a BS-IV compliant motor along with slipper clutch and ABS. That said, details on the India launch still remain sketchy. Meanwhile, Yamaha India is gearing up to introduce the Fazer 250 later this month and was spied recently as well.