– YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M Share Lineage with MotoGP Machines –
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced on November 4 that it unveiled its new flagship YZF-R1 and high-end YZF-R1M supersport motorbikes, both featuring an entirely new 998 cubic-centimeter liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft, at the November 3 press event of the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, which runs from November 4 to 9.
The all-new 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M are based on Yamaha’s “High Tech Armed Pure Sport” concept of an all-out supersport model fully armed with advanced technology. Designed to be the fastest machines on the circuit, they allow riders to experience firsthand the technical philosophy behind Yamaha’s MotoGP racing machine, the YZR-M1. Along with an impressive 200hp, these are the world’s first two commercial motorcycles with a 6-axis position sensor that detects 3-axis angular velocity and 3-axis acceleration. Coupled with advanced control technology, Yamaha’s sophisticated sensor provides high-dimension handling and performance, allowing the rider to devote more attention to pure riding.
Incorporating hot features from the YZR-M1 MotoGP machine, the design is an entirely new R-DNA based on Yamaha’s “Speed Racer” concept, which combines a small silhouette, rider-machine unity and headlight-less front face. The high-end YZF-R1M also boasts an electronically controlled suspension, lightweight carbon fairing and a digital interface that records valuable racing information.
The European market for 1,000cc supersport models has grown considerably, led by users with a passion for riding their machines on racing circuits. Loaded with signature technologies from Yamaha Motor, the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M will appeal not only to developed markets, but also to emerging markets and beyond where they are expected to help drive the Yamaha global brand.
The two models will be released in Europe in early March 2015 and later in North America.