The much anticipated Yamaha YZF R6 update has finally made its global debut at AIMExpo Orlando, Florida. The bike receives major cosmetic updates, borrowing design from its bigger R1 sibling. However, the basic engine and chassis configuration remains unchanged.
The outgoing R6 is a top seller in its segment and thus the new bike has a lot to live up to. Design wise, the bike looks gorgeous, taking inspiration from both the R1 and YZR-M1 (MotoGP bike). Its front gets signature mini-headlamps, integrated indicators and LED DRLS on what is a sharper looking fairing.
Yamaha claims that this is the most aerodynamic their R6 has ever been.
The bike’s rear sports a very familiar design, fit with sharp (& new) pillion seats, long exhaust can and large taillights. Its rear subframe is now 20mm narrower so that the rider can place his legs closer to the fuel tank, improving aerodynamics. Other changes include a better sculpted fuel tank and a very informative analogue-digital instrument console
Powering the new Yamaha YZF R6 is a 599cc, quad-cylinder unit, mated to a 6-speed transmission. Details on its performance figures are not available yet.
Suspension duties are done by fully adjustable, 43mm KYB forks at front (same one as that on the R1) and KYB shocks at rear. Radially mounted front Nissin calipers and rear master cylinder, along with 320mm and 220mm front and rear disc brakes provide stopping power.
Some of the features provided include ride-by-wire with 3 ride modes (D-mode), 6 way adjustable traction control (which can be turned off), Air Induction System and Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I), Twin-injector Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), Titanium intake/exhaust valves and Slipper clutch.
The new Yamaha YZF-R6 can also be fitted with quickshifter system (upshift only) among others, as part of the manufacturer’s genuine accessory package.
2017 Yamaha YZF R6 Price, launch date, Colours
Colours: The Yamaha R6 will be available in blue, black and white colours
Price– The bike is priced at $12,199 MSRP
Launch date: March 2017
Launch in India: With their flagship Yamaha R1 priced above 20 lakhs now, there is an opening for its earlier position. So Yamaha could bring their new R6 to India to fill this gap. It is a much more competitive machine now, and should be able to justify its above 10 lakh price tag(expected).