The Yamaha YZF-R1 and its track-focused sibling, the YZF-R1M, have received significant upgrades for 2020 model year. Not surprisingly, the duo comes equipped with more technology than ever before while visual changes are subtle.
The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 gets meaner LED headlamps and slightly modified bodywork which improves the aerodynamic efficiency by 5.3% and reduces wind noise. The new R1-M which is swathed in carbon fiber will be available in limited numbers. The regular R1 can be had in trademark Yamaha Blue and Raven color options.
The new Yamaha R1 receives evolutionary changes to the powertrain. For starters, 998 cc in-line four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine benefits from a revised cylinder head, new fuel injectors, and updated cam profiles complete with new finger follower camshafts. The twins also receive Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG) ride-by-wire technology with chip controlled (YCC-T) throttle. This gets rid of throttle cables thus resulting in weight saving and crisper throttle response. At 197 hp, the power output remains unchanged.
The most technically advanced Yamaha motorcycle continues to retain the 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supports an array of new electronic systems such as Brake Control system which allows the rider to adjust the level of electronic support needed (BC1 mode improves straight line braking while BC2 supports braking while cornering).
The motorcycle also offers Engine Brake Management (EBM) system with three modes to suit the individual riding style. The electronic systems can be adjusted either by means of the on board Yamaha Ride Control system (YRC) or through Y-TRAC app which is available for both smartphones (only Android) and tablets (Android and iOS).
The high-end 2020 Yamaha R1-M differentiates itself from its regular sibling by means of Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension which now gets a new NPX pressurized front fork (gas canister integrated into axle bracket) and tweaked rear shock. The suspension adjustments can be made via YRC or Y-TRAC. The regular 2020 R1 also receives improved KYB front and rear suspension system to improve feedback on both road and track.
The prices of 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M are expected to be revealed in the coming months. In India, the current version of R1 will set you back by INR 20.4 lakh plus taxes.