The redesigned, thoroughly updated, 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 takes some styling cues and technologies from the mighty R1. But we wonder why Yamaha have not quoted any power and torque figures for this machine?
The 600cc supersports class seems to be witnessing more than its fair share of ups and downs this year. Whereas old-timers like the Honda CBR600RR seem to be on their way out, there's also machines like the MV Agusta F3 RC 675, which are keeping the excitement alive in the 600cc sportsbike segment. And to add more fuel to the fire, there's the all-new, 2017-spec Yamaha YZF-R6, which, according to Yamaha, gets new, cutting-edge electronics as well as a host of R1-derived tweaks to its aluminium twin-spar chassis. Notable new bits on the 2017 Yamaha R6 include an M1-type central forced air intake, twin LED headlights, sharper, redesigned bodywork, more efficient aerodynamics, new front cowl and windscreen and new 6-level traction control system that can also be switched off completely.
According to Yamaha, the new R6's TCS has been optimised for high-speed performance and its intelligent software is designed to work in a subtle manner that does not intrude upon the bike's performance intent. The system is even able to automatically compensate for rear tyre wear for more consistent performance, especially on the racetrack. Other notable bits include a new quick shift system, which allows full throttle clutchless upshifts for outstanding acceleration through the bike's close-ratio 6-speed transmission, fully adjustable 43mm KYB front forks, fully adjustable KYB rear monoshock, twin 320mm brake discs at front, with 4-piston radial-mount calipers, magnesium rear subframe, redesigned seat and a lightweight aluminium fuel tank.
The new Yamaha R6's digital instrument panel features an analogue-style tachometer and digital speedometer, with a multi-function display that shows TCS and ABS status. The R6's Euro 4-compliant 599cc, 16-valve, DOHC inline-four features forged aluminum pistons, titanium intake and exhaust valves, and ride-by-wire throttle management. Strangely enough, Yamaha have not quoted any power and torque figures. What are they hiding?! Anyway, wet weight (including oil and fuel etc.) is 190kg, fuel capacity is 17 litres, the 6-speed transmission comes with a slipper clutch as standard and new colours include 'race blu' and 'tech black.' The 2017 R6 will be in Yamaha showrooms by April 2017.