Yamaha has launched the new YZF-R6 in international markets, which sports a newly developed low-drag body design. The company has not revealed the price of the motorcycle yet but given the advanced electronics the new R6 features, expect a considerable increase. We expect it to be launched in India in late 2017, and to be priced a bit on a higher side than the current mid-weight motorcycles already sold in the country.
In favour of riding dynamics, the company has reduced the weight of the motorcycle by using lighter materials such as aluminium. The Yamaha YZF-R6 is equipped with a new aluminium fuel tank, which weighs 1.2 kg less that the steel fuel tank. The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 looks aggressive from its stance coupled with LED lights, LED turn signals integrated into the mirrors and LED taillight. Yamaha has also equipped the new YZF-R6 with safety features like advanced Traction Control System (TCS) featuring a newQuick Shift System (QSS)and a newly designed lightweight CF die-cast magnesium 20mm subframe at the front. There are also different riding modes which the rider can choose between Standard, A-Mode, and B-Mode.
The motorcycle is powered by a lightweight 599cc DOHC, liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine. The two-wheeler maker has also loaded the R6 with new KYB upside down forks with an increased diameter of 25mm. For better braking, the motorcycle uses radial front brake system with dual 320mm discs and aluminium 4-piston radial-mounted callipers.
Other features of the new Yamaha YZF-R6 include ABS, ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle YCC-T), an analogue and digital LCD instrument cluster, which displays information like shift light, fuel economy, dual trip meters, indicators, etc.