Lighter and more powerful than the Z1000 and GSX-S1000, the Yamaha MT-10 looks all set to deliver a hard punch to the nose to its European rivals. The S1000R and Tuono V4R had better watch out!
We were impressed with the MT-10 when Yamaha first unveiled the bike back in November last year. Back then, however, Yamaha had not revealed the MT-10's power output and we had quoted an estimated figure of 140-150bhp. Well, Yamaha have now released full tech specs of the 10 and it turns out that we were wrong - the MT-10 actually packs a 160-horsepower wallop from its R1-based inline-four! Yes, 160bhp and 111Nm of torque, in a naked streetfighter that weighs 210 kilos fully fuelled up and ready to ride. (Dry weight is 190kg.)
Other notable bits on the Yamaha MT-10 include ride-by-wire throttle, three-level traction control, three riding modes, Deltabox aluminium beam frame, fully adjustable suspension on both ends, twin 320mm brake discs at front, with radial-mount 4-piston callipers, standard ABS, multi-function LCD instrument panel, dual LED headlights, 17-litre fuel tank, 5-spoke cast-aluminium 17-inch wheels and specially-developed Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport tyres. Should be a crazy ride. Yours, for a mere £9,999 in the UK.