The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 is eminent for a world debut at the 2016 INTERMOT in Germany.
The R-World teaser video is the only hint Yamaha has given the globe about its bold plans to complete their world renowned R-series with the all-new YZF-R6. The brand new R1 and R3 have set benchmark standards in their respective categories and outclassed most of the competition. The middleweight super supersport segment however has seen a drastic philosophical change. With most manufacturers opting to increase displacement figures to keep up with the rising horse power requirements and emission standards, it should be interesting to see how Yamaha approaches the market.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 has always had real pedigree in the 600cc category, but the current model has been on the block for years and desperately needs an upgrade. It produces 122 HP and 64.6 Nm of torque. We expect the new model to exceed these numbers by a large number. Whether Yamaha sticks to the flat-plane crank 600cc inline 4, or opts for a cross-plane setup like its older sister, or a larger displacement triple layout is all up for speculation. The MT-09 is proof that the Japanese boys can build a properly exciting triple motor. For the exact specifications, we are going to have to wait for the unveil at INTERMOT. If the official video’s audio track of the motorcycle is to believed, the R6 will most likely be powered by a classic super high reving flat-plane inline 4, which is the original recipe for Japenese middle-weights.
We expect heavy cosmetic updates to the new R6, but it would mostly follow a different design philosophy compared to the new R1. We believe that the new YZF-R6 will feature the distinct twin-headlamp front fascia along with a much more compact body, complete with an underbody exhaust. There aren’t many details on the new bike but rest assured the new Yamaha YZF-R6 will be a stunner. It will be facing stiff competition either from the likes of the Ducati 959, Triumph Daytona 675 and the MV Agusta F3 or the CBR 600RR , Suzuki GSX R600 and the Kawasaki ZX-6R, depending on its displacement figures.