Japanese two-wheeler maker, Yamaha has launched the 2018 Yamaha R1 in the Indian market. The new YZF-R1 model has been planned and developed as a flagship model of racing circuit with pure MotoGP blood. The new Yamaha YZF R1 is available in 2 colors – Yamaha Blue & Tech Black – and is priced at Rs 20.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This model will be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) by India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM).
Powering the 2018 Yamaha R1 is a 998cc, cross plane, 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that churns out 200bhp of power, without ram air pressurization. Derived from YZR-M1 cross plane technology, its cross plane crankshaft gives an uneven 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° firing sequence for high levels of linear torque with outstanding traction. The compact chassis features a magnesium rear frame and long swing arm for outstanding handling. Its high tech electronic control technology – including its new Quick Shift System (QSS) offers more precise control. Also Read – Upcoming Yamaha Bikes In India
The company claims that the engine uses a high compression 01:01 PM cylinder head that features a pent roof combustion chamber with large diameter intake and exhaust valves. The 2018 Yamaha R1 also gets titanium con rods and forged aluminum pistons. For optimal intake efficiency, an YZR-M1 type central air inlet feeds a large capacity 10.5 liter air box. Fresh air is force fed into the electronically activated Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) funnels that adjust their length to match engine rpm for optimum power characteristics, to give high levels of useable performance. You May Also Like – New Yamaha R15 | New R15 Vs Old R15
For peak power and strong linear torque, the cross plane engine is equipped with a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system. For improved response and stronger engine output, the engine gets a servomotor controlled exhaust valve that adjusts gas flow. The compact ship muffler contributes towards mass centralization and emits a unique growl.
Developed on aluminum Delta-box frame, the YZF-R1 gets a long upward-truss type swing arm and magnesium rear frame. The short 1405 mm wheelbase chassis and the YZF-R1’s low wet weight of just 199 kg give the YZF-R1 a high level of agility and responsiveness for outstanding race and track performance. The 2018 Yamaha R1 gets aerodynamic front cowl that has central forced air intake, high screen and low headlight position. Compact LED headlights on either side of the air intake and twin LED running lights give it a race-ready look.
The bike comes equipped with new quick shift response that features downshifting capability as well as allows full-throttle clutch-less upshifting. The YZF-R1’s new Lift Control System is now claimed to have more progressive mapping.
Commenting on the launch of the new YZF-R1, Mr. Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said “The new YZF-R1 model will strengthen Yamaha in its superbike segment in Indian market. It inherits its technology from Yamaha’s racing machine YZR-M1. This model also highlights Yamaha’s improved aerodynamics which posts it closer to the MotoGP attributes, and which is a rare potential available in today’s market. Yamaha plans to increase its market share in supersports segment as the new YZF-R1 is expected to attract the younger racing enthusiasts.”