2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 launched in India

Japanese bike maker, Yamaha has launched the 2018 YZF-R1. The flagship bike carries a price tag of Rs. 20.73 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The MotoGP inspired bike gets many changes to keep it fresh in the market.

2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 launched in India

The new R1 gets a new aluminium frame which is called as ‘Deltabox’ by Yamaha. Yamaha has also updated the engine and it now gets an all-new 998cc engine. The inline 4-cylinder engine produces a maximum power of 200 PS at 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm at 11,500 rpm. The 6-speed manual transmission is also new. The cross-plane engine also gets updated Quick Shift System (QSS) that allows the rider to do clutchless downshifts and upshifts at the fully open throttle. The bike’s engine gets titanium connecting rods that are 60% lighter than steel.

The QSS matches the engine revs during the downshifts to ensure minimal chassis disruption. The new Wheel Lift Control has been updated and it becomes much smoother and gets a smoother intervention. Beside these updates, the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 also gets new colours – Blue and Black.

2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 launched in India

The YZF-R1 is the road-legal version of the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. It gets many styling cues from Yamaha’s award-winning bike. The bike also gets a host of electronic aids like Launch Control, Slide Control, baking-sensitive Traction Control and ABS. It also gets quick-shifter, chip-controlled throttle, power delivery mode, anti-wheelie control and unified braking system.

Mr. Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said,

“The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in its superbike segment in 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 Supersports segment as the new YZF-R1 is expected to attract the younger racing enthusiasts.”

It is only available in a single variant in India.


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