Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) announces the development of the latest model change of its mid-class supersport model YZF-R6, mounting on an aluminum frame a 600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC in-line-4 cylinder 4-valve high-performance engine with power output that exceeds the equivalent of 200 hp per liter of displacement. This new model will be displayed at the Mondial du Deux Roues 2007 show opening in Paris on Sept. 28 and will be released on the market as a 2008 model.
This model adopts Yamaha’s new “YCC-I” electronic control intake, which has been developed under Yamaha’s G.E.N.I.C.H. engineering ideal using exclusive electronic control technologies and is now put to practical use to boost engine performance. Another new feature is the lightweight magnesium rear frame made possible by a unique Yamaha technology and adopted for the first time ever on a production motorcycle. By contributing to greater concentration of mass it helps realize the next level of sport riding performance.
The 2006 model YZF-R6 featured a high-performance engine adopting for the first time the “YCC-T” (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) based on Yamaha’s G.E.N.I.C.H. engineering ideal and was released as “the extreme supersport fastest on the circuit.” Ever since, it has won great popularity on the European and North American 600cc supersport markets. The reasons for its popularity are its acceleration in the over 10,000 rpm range, smooth power development and response, light, agile cornering, smooth operability and unique styling. At the same time, as the market has expanded, there have been many calls for even higher levels of running performance while maintaining the same original model concept.
In light of this market background, the new YZF-R6 has been developed around the new concept of “an R6 that is No. 1 in laser-sharp handling and super-exciting performance.” Under this concept, the existing circuit performance and performance on secondary and winding roads has been supplemented by (1) added excitement in circuit riding, (2) handling that lets the rider enjoy quicker banking and turning and more agile exiting of turns and (3) new developments in original styling that maintains the YZF-R6 identity. This model also adopts new technologies for greater product maturity, including Yamaha’s new “YCC-I” electronic control intake and the first lightweight magnesium rear frame ever adopted on a production motorcycle. These features further boost running performance.