Evidence of a Yamaha’s 250cc sport bike, which is expected for a 2014 model year debut, continues to mount as India Yamaha Motor CEO Hiroyuki Suzuki confirmed that a “powerful” quarter-liter sport bike is headed for the Indian market after the next model year.
Taking the place of the 150ccc Yamaha YZF-R15 sport bike, and likely to look similar to the Yamaha YZF-R125 (shown above), Yamaha hopes to compete on a more level playing field with bikes like the Honda CBR250R, Kawasaki Ninja 250/300, and other models from Indian manufacturers Bajaj & Hero MotoCorp.
Expected to make it to markets beyond India, the Yamaha YZF-R250 will likely be available in Europe and North America. However, with over a year before its debut, one has to wonder whether Yamaha will be too late to the quarter-liter party.
“The motorcycles manufactured in India meet the advanced specification of developed markets and they are produced at a lower cost,” said Suzuki while talking to Financial Chronicle. “The price is almost double in Japanese market. We are sending R15 to Japan to test market, and if the response is good, we may explore more products for export to Japan and other advanced markets.”
Source: Financial Chronicle