2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 – Auto Expo 2018 Live
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Yamaha Motor India has showcased the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 at this year’s Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Here are the superbike’s live images from the show.
The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 costs INR 20,73,074 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes to the country via the CBU route. The Japanese brand launched the bike in December, last year. The motorcycle gets updated features, like a new Quick Shift System (Up and Down), and a new Lift Control System (LIF) with more progressive mapping. The YZF-R1 draws power from a 998 cc, cross plane, 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that develops 200 PS – without ram air pressurization. The power comes in at 13,500 rpm, and a peak torque of 112.4 Nm arrives at 11,500 rpm.
The bike features a 6-axis IMU as well. The IMU communicates with the ECU, which activates the technologies in Yamaha Ride Control (YRC): Power Mode; Traction Control System; Slide Control System; Launch Control System; an updated Lift Control System and new Quick Shift System with rev-matching. All these systems are adjustable and can be saved within four presets in the YRC system.
The engine sits inside a Delta-box frame, which holds the 43 mm upside down front fork, and the rear link-type monoshock. Brakes include dual 320 mm front discs with radial callipers, and a single 220 mm rear disc. The brakes feature lean angle-sensitive ABS and Unified Braking System for optimum handling. Despite sporting a 17-litre fuel tank, the motorcycle weighs only 200 kg (wet). Rivals of the motorcycle include the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000, and the BMW S 1000 RR.