The Dark Side of Japan is growing as Yamaha took the wraps off the newest member of its Master of Torque (MT) lineup, the 2020 MT-03.
The MT-03 is essentially the 321 cc naked streetfighter version of the YZF-R3. That makes it a parallel-twin with a six-speed transmission. It produces 41 bhp at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The engine features improvements to its internals, like carburized rods, low-weight forged pistons and Yamaha's special DiASiL (Die-cast aluminium cylinder) which is said to provide better cooling.
The new MT-03 gets styling very similar to its fellow MT stablemates, evident with the LED projector and LED daytime running light setup. Its fuel tank features prominent shrouds and air scoops.
Keeping it aloft is a set of KYB 36 mm upside down forks in front and an extended asymmetric swingarm with a preload adjustable shock in the rear. Bringing it to a stop is a 298-mm disc brake in front and a 220-mm disc in the rear. It is offered with ABS as standard. Finally, it rides on 17-inch Y-spoke wheels with 110/70 tires in front and 140/70 tires at the back.
The rider will have black on white LCD instrument panel to gleam all of the vital trip data. Being a streetfighter, the MT-03 will have a wider and more upright handlebar, for a more upright riding position.
The MT-03 tips the scales at 168 kg (wet weight) and has a seat height of 780 mm. The MT-03 is offered in three colors: Ice Fluo, Icon Blue, and Midnight Black.
So far, the MT-03 has just been launched in Europe but will also be offered in the US. We have yet to hear word if it will be offered in the Philippines.
However, Indonesia has recently launched the MT-25 parallel twin, which comes with a 250 cc, liquid-cooled DOHC engine, fed by EFI and a six-speed gearbox. The MT-25 power plant is claimed to be good for 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 23.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, compared to the 41.4 hp at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm of MT-03. Chances are, Yamaha Philippines will likely opt for the larger MT-03.