New Yamaha R6 on the way?
Yamaha have released a new video that hints at a new mid-capacity sportsbike being readied in the wings ahead of a 2017 launch.
Titled R World, it’s thought that the video hints at a new R6, with the screaming engine note suggesting a smaller capacity than the YZF-R1, but also clearly more powerful than the YZF-R3.
The current model doesn't conform to strict Euro4 regulations that come into force on January 1, 2017 – although Yamaha can continue to sell it in the UK for another two years under derogation rules – so there is certainly an imperative to release a new model if a supersport designation is to continue in their range.
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While the extent of the evolution is unknown, the existing model is effectively entering its eleventh year of production, which would suggest Yamaha could change the game again with an all-new model. With Honda ceasing production of the CBR600RR for European markets and with the success of Yamaha’s triple as featured in the MT-09, rumours have been rife that the new R6 could be a triple – capitalising on the platform that has proven so successful for Triumph with their Daytona 675. However, the soundtrack on the video sounds far more like an inline-four.
While some have suggesting that this new R model will appear at the hotly anticipated Intermot show in Germany in early October, MCN's sources suggest that all we'll see there is the second instalment of the teaser series of videos. This is Yamaha, after all, and they would never let us off the hook with just one teaser video.