Two bits of news have surfaced in the last few days regarding the upcoming Yamaha MT-03. The as yet ‘unconfirmed’ naked version of the entry level Yamaha R3 that is all but guaranteed to be released in western markets instead of the MT-25 which is for developing countries. Until now, it had been assumed that the MT-03 would debut sometime late next year, but it could be a lot earlier than that.
Indian magazine Topgear India stated in an article regarding the Indian release of the R3 that the MT-03 (which they refer to as the MT-320) will be released in March of next year. Given that western markets almost always get new releases before India (the exception being smaller KTM bikes like the 390 Duke which are made in India), this would likely mean a release of late this year or very early next year in North America, Europe and Australia. It almost guarantees that the MT-03 will be officially unveiled later this year at EICMA, the worlds biggest annual motorcycle trade show.
The other bit of news is that the first official renders of the MT-03 have been discovered from trade mark and design applications filed with the European Union. Obviously, the MT-03 looks virtually identical to the already released MT-25 with the exception being the inclusion of ABS on these renderings.