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Traction control, engine maps, new suspension and styling

Yamaha has used the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida, to unveil the bike many thought Yamaha had turned its back on, a new YZF-R6.

While the four-cylinder engine remains unchanged, the electronics on the new R6 feature a six-level-adjustable (plus off) traction control system which the Yamaha’s marketing spiel says will compensate for rear tire wear. Yamaha’s D-Mode System is also fitted, offering Standard, A, and B throttle response maps. An electronic quick-shifter for clutchless full-throttle upshifts is available only as an optional accessory.

The styling of the new R6 closely resembles its R1 sibling but is more than just for looks. Yamaha is claiming an 8 per cent increase in aerodynamic efficiency. Assisting with aerodynamics, the LED turn signals have been incorporated into the mirrors and the LED headlights are recessed below the ram-air intake. The slimmer fuel tank is complimented by a narrower seat and tail section which sits on a narrower sub frame. A new instrument panel retains the analog tachometer while incorporating TCS readout and LCD info panel.


In the bouncing and stopping department the R6 has been fitted with a new fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted fork and new KYB rear shock – similar kit to the R1. Front brake discs are now 320mm (10mm larger), with the four-piston aluminum calipers coming straight off the R1 and paired to a new ABS system.

No word yet on when the new model will arrive down under, or an expected price tag. Stay tuned.