Yamaha have unveiled the hugely anticipated 2015 YZF-R1 at the EICMA in Italy. The 2015 Yamaha R1 gets a new crossplane crank inline-four, new aluminium twin-spar chassis with shorter wheelbase, and upgraded electronics. The R1’s 998cc engine now produces 200PS (that’s 197 horsepower) at 13,500rpm and 112Nm of torque at 11,500 revs. With a wet weight figure (including oil and fuel) of 199 kilos, that should mean the new R1 has tremendous performance potential.
If you think a 197bhp/199kg YZF-R1 isn’t, somehow, enough, Yamaha have something else in their arsenal that might make you happy – the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M. While the power output remains the same, the R1M only weighs 180 kilos - that’s 19kg less than the regular R1! Plus, like the new R1, the R1M also gets a brand-new ‘6-axis inertial measurement unit’ (IMU, which sense chassis movement in 3D) that integrates and unifies the bike’s traction control system, wheelie control, braking and launch control.
There’s a communication control system with integrated GPS that gives you precise lap times (which you can access on an Android-based tablet provided with the bike!), carbonfibre bodywork, Öhlins electronic racing suspension (ERS), and a 200-section rear tyre as compared to the regular R1’s 190-section rubber. Yamaha have announced “limited availability” for the YZF-R1M, without saying anything about what that really means. Will production be limited to a certain number of units? Will the bike only be available for a certain period of time? We don’t know at this time.
But while the Yamaha R1M is super exciting, the regular 2015 R1 also has one hell of a spec sheet – bits like magnesium wheels, aluminium fuel tank, TFT LCD instrument panel, magnesium rear frame, full-adjustable suspension, lightweight engine internals (including titanium con-rods and and forged aluminium pistons), large-capacity force-fed airbox, titanium 4-2-1 exhaust system and compact new LED headlights indicate that this time, Yamaha really have pulled out all the stops in developing their new flagship superbike.
We think the 2015 Yamaha R1 and R1M are brilliant superbikes and seem to have the potential to take on all comers in the litrebike segment. The bikes will be in Yamaha showrooms by February 2015, with the R1 priced at $16,490 and the R1M at $21,990. Not too bad, eh? Now all we have to do is save up $22K, and we're on! :-)