New YZF-R6 coming?
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