New YZF-R6 com­ing?

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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 firm’s YZF-R3.

The cur­rent R6 doesn’t con­form to strict Euro4 reg­u­la­tions that come into force on Jan­uary 1, 2017 – al­though Yamaha are per­mit­ted to sell it in the UK for an­other two years – so there is cer­tainly an in­cen­tive to re­lease a new model if a su­pers­port bike is to con­tinue in their range.

While the ex­tent of the evo­lu­tion is un­known, the ex­ist­ing model is ef­fec­tively en­ter­ing its 11th 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 sug­gested that this new R model will ap­pear at the early Oc­to­ber’s hotly an­tic­i­pated In­ter­mot show in Cologne, Ger­many, MCN’S sources sug­gest that all we’ll see there is a sec­ond in­stal­ment in Yamaha’s se­ries of teaser videos.

Video shows noth­ing of the bike, but scream­ing in­line four ex­haust note is au­di­ble

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