Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.announced the March 2017 North American launch of the 599cm3-capacity Supersport YZF-R6, the first major model change in nine years. Bringing with it the proven features of excellence in circuit performance and exemplary performance on winding roads, this new model takes riding performance to the next level and embraces the R-series styling.
The new model YZF-R6 now includes 1) ABS and TCS (Traction Control System), which allows the bike to utilize drive from the rear wheel more efficiently during acceleration, 2) high performance suspension and brake parts, 3) a lightweight aluminum fuel tank, and 4) a new, slim CF magnesium die-cast rear subframe. “Next generation R-DNA” is expressed through a design in which the vehicle body works in harmony with airflow.
Even higher sports performance is achieved through incorporating vehicle body parts and control technology created during the development of the YZF-R1, and ensuring thorough overall balance. The enjoyable new dimension in handling brings out the best in the rider’s performance.
1) Traction Control System
Adoption of the TCS (Traction Control System) provides a means for extracting more efficient drive force from the rear tire during acceleration. If signs of rear wheel spin are detected during takeoff etc., smoother acceleration and handling are supported by the integrated control of ignition timing, fuel injection volume, and throttle valve opening. There are six selectable levels of intervention depending on the riding environment, tire grippiness, and rider preference.
2) Incorporation of parts the same type as on the YZF-R1, such as front forks
Upside-down suspension has been adopted with a 43mm diameter inner tube replacing the current 41mm front forks. The front fork is the same type as the one on the YZF-R1 and uses specific settings to provide good damping force and a planted feel from the front. The same type of parts as the YZF-R1 have also been utilized in the front brakes. The disc has a 320mm diameter and the aluminum 4-pot opposed-piston monobloc calipers (2-pad type) are paired to a Nissin radial master cylinder. (Current disc is 310mm diameter)
3) Aluminum fuel tank defined by advanced manufacturing technology
4) New seat and slim rear subframe to support the rider’s actions
5) Highly-aerodynamic new front fairing design
The adoption of a newly-designed front fairing and windscreen provide an 8% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency (less drag) over the current model. This contributes to a higher top speed during track riding.
6) New styling that exudes “A futuristic look and feel that is strong, striking, and sentient”
7) Quick Shift System (QSS) for smooth upshifts (optional)
A Quick Shift System (QSS) is now optionally available to help provide fast, smooth upshifts. When the switch positioned on the shift lever rod detects motion at the gearshifter pedal, it adjusts engine output according to ECU calculations and instantly cancels out the drive torque of the engaged gear to promote a swifter shifting of gears. It is the same mechanism used on the current YZF-R1.
Features Continued from Current Model
Forged aluminum pistons■Titanium intake/exhaust valves ■Air Induction System and Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I)■Twin-injector Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) ■Slipper clutch■Close-ratio 6-speed transmission■Magnesium head and case covers■EXUP exhaust valves■Titanium exhaust silencer■Aluminum frame (delta box)■Aluminum swing arm
YZF-R6 2016 US Model Main Specifications
YZF-R6 Main Feature Map
|Model||Launch Date||Recommended Retail Price||Target Sales|
12,199 US dollars