EICMA 2014 Live – 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Looks nothing like its predecessor.
The veil finally came off the eagerly anticipated 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 at the EICMA 2014 in Milan, Italy today. The new litre class superbike, as said by Yamaha during a pre-launch teasing spree, shares only the name with its predecessor.
The new fairing has lost the familiarity of the famous twin cat-eye headlamps. Instead, the new R1 is said to derive its design inspiration from the M1 MotoGP bike with a pair of low-mounted circular headlights and LED daytime running light slits above them. The fuel tank, side panels and the tailpiece are all new.
The 2015 R1 is powered by a new 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine which employs a crossplane crankshaft, titanium fracture-split conrods (60% lighter than the conventional steel units) and twin fuel injectors per cylinder (bi-directional).
The R1 variant develops 200 PS (197.1 bhp) at 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm without ram-air while weighing just 199 kg (fully fueled). This gives the Japanese superbike an outstanding power-to-weight ratio of over 1 hp/kg. The R1 M track-spec variant is expected to produce 230 hp with the ram-air technology. A 6-speed gearbox is mated to the motor by means of a wet multiplate slipper clutch.
The Deltabox aluminium chassis is suspended by a KYB upside down front fork and a KYB rear monoshock. Helping the superbike shed speed are a set of 320 mm four-piston caliper discs upfront and a single 220 mm disc at the rear, both governed by ABS. The front and rear tyre specifications are 120/70ZR17M/C and 190/55ZR17M/C respectively.
Onboard gadgetry includes banking sensitive Traction Control, Slide Control, Anti-wheelie control, quick shifter, launch control, etc.
The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 has a suggested retails price of USD 16,490 (around INR 10.12 lakhs). Deliveries would commence in February 2015.
More details are available in the press release below the gallery.
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 M at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery
2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Press Release
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