Yamaha Motor India has launched the all-new model 2018 YZF-R1 in India priced at INR 20,73,074 (ex-showroom Delhi).
This is a bid to strengthen its mark in the Indian superbike segment. Updated features include a new Quick Shift System for seamless upshifts and downshift, and a remapped Lift Control System to prevent the front wheel from lifting off the ground. The YZF-R1 is powered by a 998cc, cross-plane, 4-cylinder, a 4-valve engine that develops 202.8Bhp without ram air pressurization. Derived from the YZR-M1, its cross-plane crankshaft gives an uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence for a linear spread of torque.
The engine uses a high compression 1:1 PM cylinder head featuring a pent roof combustion chamber with large diameter intake and exhaust valves to achieve optimum performance. And for instant response with high power and strong, linear torque, the 2018 YZF-R1 is equipped with titanium connecting rods and forged aluminium pistons. For optimal intake efficiency, the central air-inlet feeds a large capacity 10.5-litre airbox. Fresh air is force fed into the electronically-activated Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) funnels that adjust their length to match engine rpm for optimum power characteristics which helps produce high levels of usable performance.
For peak power and a linear torque band, the cross-plane engine is equipped with a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system. A servomotor controlled exhaust valve adjusts gas flow for a stronger engine output, while the compact exhaust end contributes towards mass centralisation and emits a growl that almost resembles a V4 engine.
Commenting on the launch of the new YZF-R1, Roy Kurian, senior vice-president of sales and marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said – “The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in the superbike segment in the Indian market. It inherits its technology from Yamaha’s racing machine YZR-M1. This model also highlights Yamaha’s improved aerodynamics which posts it closer to the MotoGP attributes, and which is a rare potential available in today’s market. Yamaha plans to increase its market share in the super sports segment as the new YZF-R1 is expected to attract younger racing enthusiasts.”
The YZF-R1 gets a short wheelbase of 1405mm and a low kerb weight of 199kg, which should make the bike agile while tackling corners. The Yamaha YZF-R1 will compete against the BMW S 1000 RR, the Aprilia RSV4, Kawasaki ZX10R, Honda CBR1000RR and the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The new 2018 YZF-R1 is offered in two colours – Blue and Black.