2018 Yamaha Launched YZF-R1 In India; Priced At ₹ 20.73 Lakh.
India Yamaha Motor has launched the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 in the country. Making its way to India quickly after its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The flagship offering from the Japanese giant is priced at ₹ 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and sports a host of cosmetic upgrades along with new feature and tech improvements.The 2018 R1 continues to arrive in the country as a Completely Built Unit (CBU).
The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 will be available in two colours – Tech Black and Yamaha Blue.The engine is the same as in the 2017 model. The 998cc, inline 4-cylinder, crossplane crankshaft engine produces 200PS and 112.4Nm. The talking bit about the motor is the titanium connecting rods that are 60 per cent lighter than steel.
Speaking about the new YZF-R1, Roy Kurian, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, India Yamaha Motors said that the new R1 is expected to attract the young racing enthusiast in the country.
The Yamaha YZF-R1 borrows styling cues from the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. It is also the first street legal, production motorcycle to use a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The R1 also has a raft of electronic aids such as Launch Control, Slide Control, banking-sensitive Traction Control and ABS.The Yamaha YZF-R1 sports a new Quick Shift System (QSS), which offers quicker changes through the gears without using the clutch. There is also the new lift control system which uses the 6-axis ECU to calibrate adequate power delivery to the rear in order to avoid unintentional wheelies. The 2018 R1 comes with a Curb weight of 199 kg, which gives it a fantastic power-to-weight ratio.
The 2018 Yamaha R1’s motor also comes with a higher compression ratio of 01:01 per cylinder head, and comes with titanium con rods and forged aluminium pistons. A large 10.5 litre air box feeds the engine with air via the central air inlet, which can be electronically controlled using the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake YCC-I) funnels. This allows for more use-able performance on the bike, Yamaha says.
The updated Yamaha YZF-R1 will be locking horns with a host of offerings in the litre-class superbike space, including some older rivals like the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and the Suzuki GSX-R1000R, along with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV-4 Factory and the likes.