2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 launched at Rs. 20.73 lakh


The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R1 was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show and now the superbike has been launched in India at Rs. 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike will be imported as a completely built unit (CBU). There are two colour options on offer – Tech Black and Yamaha Blue.

Visually, the new R1 hasn’t changed much as compared to last year’s model. Its overall length is 2,055 mm while the width and height measures 690 mm and 1,150 mm respectively. The wheelbase is 1,405 mm and the seat height is 855 mm. The wet weight of the bike is 200 kg and it has a 17-litre fuel tank.

As is with outgoing model, the styling the 2018 R1 is heavily influenced by the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike. The front features twin-LED headlights with LED DRLs. It is based around an aluminium deltabox chassis and features 43 mm upside-down telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear.

Under the bodywork, the 2018 R1 gets a 998cc, inline 4-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft and titanium connecting rods. The engine delivers a maximum output of 197 BHP @ 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm of torque @ 11,500 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike also gets an updated Quick Shift System (QSS) which allows clutch-free downshifting as well as upshifting. The R1 uses a ram air intake system and a lightweight titanium exhaust. The bike features an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which senses the chassis movement and controls traction, slides, front wheel lift, braking and launches.

The 2018 R1 is equipped with ABS and brakes come in the form of dual 320 mm discs in the front and a single 220 mm disc at the rear. The bike rides on 17-inch alloys shod with 120/70 and 190/55 section ZR rated tyres in the front and rear respectively.

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