In a bid to strengthen its hold in the superbike segment, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM) has launched the new model of the YZF-R1. The new 2018 Yamaha R1 has been planned and developed as a flagship model of racing circuit with pure MotoGP blood. This motorbike will be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU).
The new YZF-R1 is powered by a 998 cc, cross-plane, 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that produces 200 PS and 112.4 Nm of torque. Derived from YZR-M1 cross plane technology, its cross plane crankshaft gives an uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence for high levels of linear torque with outstanding traction.
The new Yamaha R1 features track developed racing ABS and Unified Braking System for maximum braking performance. It is equipped with 4-piston radial mounted callipers and big 320 mm rotors at the front and 220 mm disc at the rear.
The compact chassis of the new Yamaha R1 features a magnesium rear frame and long swingarm for outstanding handling along with developed suspension and magnesium wheels. Its high tech electronic control technology – including its new Quick Shift System (QSS) offers more precise control. The new QSS on the YZF-R1 features downshifting capability as well as allows full-throttle clutch-less upshifting. On downshifts, the ECU matches engine speed on each downshift for instantaneous gear changes with minimal chassis disruption.
To achieve optimal performance, the engine uses a high compression 01:01 PM cylinder head featuring a pent roof combustion chamber with large diameter intake and exhaust valves. The Yamaha YZF-R1 is also equipped with titanium con rods and forged aluminium pistons for instant response with high power and strong linear torque. The motorcycle is also equipped with updated Lift Control System with more progressive mapping.
The superbike also gets a YZR-M1 type central air inlet for optimal intake efficiency which feeds a large capacity 10.5-litre airbox. Fresh air is force fed into the electronically activated Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) funnels that adjust their length to match engine rpm for optimum power characteristics, to give high levels of usable performance.
For peak power and strong linear torque, the cross-plane engine is equipped with a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system. A servomotor controlled exhaust valve adjusts gas flow for enhanced response and stronger engine output, while the compact mid ship muffler contributes towards mass centralization and emits a unique growl.
The aluminium Delta-box frame features a long upward-truss type swing arm and magnesium rear frame, underlining the YZF-R1’s strong race bike heritage. The short 1405 mm wheelbase chassis and the bike’s low wet weight of just 199 kg give the new Yamaha R1 a high level of agility and responsiveness for an outstanding race and track performance.
With its central forced air intake, high screen and low headlight position, the YZF-R1’s aerodynamic front cowl has an unmistakable YZR-M1 type race bike silhouette. It features sleek LED headlights on either side of the air intake which emphasize its race-ready look. The twin LED running lights give this superbike a truly unique face.
2018 Yamaha R1 Price:
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is priced at INR 2,073,074/- (ex-showroom, Delhi).
2018 Yamaha R1 Colours:
The Yamaha YZF-R1 is available in 2 colours – Yamaha Blue and Tech Black
“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,” said Mr. Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.
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2018 Yamaha R1 Dimensions:
Overall length: 2,055 mm
Overall width: 690 mm
Overall height: 1,150 mm
Seat height: 855 mm
Wheelbase: 1,405 mm
Minimum ground clearance: 130 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank): 200 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres
Oil tank capacity: 3.9 litres
2018 Yamaha R1 Engine Specifications:
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
Displacement: 998 cc
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 mm x 50.9 mm
Compression ratio: 13.0: 1
Maximum power: 147.1 kW (200.0PS) @ 13,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 112.4 Nm (11.5 kg-m) @ 11,500 rpm
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Clutch type: Wet, Multiple Discs
Carburettor: Fuel Injection
Ignition system: TCI (digital)
Starter system: Electric
Transmission system: Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission: Chain
2018 Yamaha R1 Chassis:
Front suspension system: Telescopic forks, 43 mm
Front travel: 120 mm
Caster angle: 24°
Trail: 102 mm
Rear suspension system: Swingarm, (link suspension)
Rear travel: 120 mm
Front brake: Hydraulic dual disc, 320 mm
Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc, 220 mm
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyre: 190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)