The new Yamaha YZF-R6 was showcased today at the 2018 Auto Expo. In its new avatar, R6 styling resembles the new R1. Aerodynamic efficiency stands improved by 8 percent. This according to Yamaha is the company’s most aerodynamic production motorcycle.
The engine remains the same with tweaks. There’s now a six-level-adjustable (plus off) traction control system. TCS software is designed for ride quality, and compensates for rear tyre wear.
Yamaha’s D-Mode System offers three throttle response maps (Standard, A, and for riding preference. An electronic quick-shifter is available as an option for clutchless full-throttle upshift. The dashboard still sports a big analog tachometer. The digital LCD info panel shows added info for TCS and other functions.
YZF-R6 has LED turn signals within rear view mirrors. In keeping with the R1 look, twin LED headlights remain. The cowl and windscreen are redesigned. The seat’s redesigned and sits on a Controlled-Fill die-cast magnesium rear frame. A slimmer subframe and flatter seat alleviates riding position and makes for better aerodynamics.
New Yamaha R6 borrows much from the R1. This includes aluminium four-piston brake callipers, which are fitted with 320mm brake discs. Suspension and brakes are reworked. The R1’s larger 43mm KYB inverted fork , and 25mm axle make for grounded braking and cornering. The new KYB rear shock is identical too with four-way adjustability. New ABS is offered as standard on the new R6.
The new aluminium fuel tank is 2.7 pounds lighter, and is designed with knee recesses for tighter rider grip. 2018 Yamaha YZF-R6 is available in three colours: Intensity White/Matte Silver, Matte Raven Black, and Team Yamaha Blue.
What’s New in the New R6
– Thrilling New R-Series Styling
– All-New Suite of Electronic Rider Aids
– R1-Derived Suspension
– Upgraded Brakes with ABS
– Cutting Edge Engine Design
– Race-Tested Variable Intake System
– Compact 6-Speed Transmission
– Racing-Derived Slipper Clutch
– Compact Titanium Exhaust
– Advanced Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle
– New Adjustable Traction Control System
– New Selectable Drive Mode (D-Mode)
– New Instrumentation
– GP-Style Deltabox® Frame
– New Seat and Magnesium Rear Subframe
– New Aluminum Fuel Tank
– New R1-Derived KYB® Fork
– New KYB® Shock
– Powerful New Brakes with ABS
– Improved Aerodynamics
– New LED Lighting
Engine Type – 599cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 4-cylinder; 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke – 67.0mm x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio – 13.1:1
Fuel Delivery – Fuel injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition – TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission – 6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final Drive – O-ring chain
Suspension / Front – 43mm KYB® inverted fork, 3-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Suspension / Rear – KYB® piggyback shock, 4-way adjustable; 4.7-in travel
Brakes / Front – Dual 320mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Brakes / Rear – 220mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Tires / Front – 120/70ZR17
Tires / Rear – 180/55ZR17
L x W x H – 80.3 in x 27.4 in x 45.3 in
Seat Height – 33.5 in
Wheelbase – 54.1 in
Rake (Castor Angle) – 24.0°
Trail – 3.8 in
Maximum Ground Clearance – 5.1 in
Fuel Capacity – 4.5 gal (17 liters)
Fuel Economy – 42 mpg (17.86 kmpl)
Wet Weight – 419 lb (190 kgs)
Stay tuned to Rushlane as we cover 2018 Auto Expo LIVE from India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.