Yamaha reveals all-new R6



Yamaha has finally taken the wraps off of the all-new YZF-R6, the latest iteration of its popular 600cc supersport model.

The R6 has been among the greats of mid-capacity sportsbikes since it was launched back in 1998.

However, with the last model update taking place six years ago, the motorcycling world has been hanging onto the edge of its seats to see the next-gen model, which Yamaha has teased via a series of shadowy clips.

And now it has finally been unveiled in America. Its aggressive appearance and newly developed low-drag bodywork reflects that of the R1, bringing the model into line with Yamaha's R-series.

However, the model's appearance isn't the only thing it shares with its bigger brother. Chassis technology and cutting-edge electronics derived from the R1 feature on the new model.

The KYB upside-down forks are the same as those seen on the R1, with the large diameter 43mm tubes (up 2mm on the previous model) promising a more planted feel, particularly during braking and cornering.

Meanwhile, the R6's brakes have also received the 1 treatment. The 320mm diameter radial front brake system is one of the most advanced systems seen on any production Yamaha.

Yamaha reveals all-new R6

Yamaha reveals all-new R6

The R6's quick shift system is also similar to the R1's, and provides faster gear changing by allowing for full throttle clutchless upshifts. And an advanced Traction Control System features six levels – and an off mode – to suit varying riding conditions.

The new R6 is of course Euro4-compliant, and features ABS and a D-Mode, too.

Yamaha hasn't just focused on technology though. Rider position has also been considered and as a result, the bike features an all-new rear subframe, designed to allow the rider to shift their body weight quickly and easily.

A downward tilted seat (to give increased freedom of movement) leads into a newly designed aluminium fuel tank, which features deep knee recesses for grip.

One thing that does not mimic the R1, is the 6's dash, which, with its analogue tachometer and digital speedometer, appears slightly out-dated next to the R1's TFT unit.

The new R6 is to go on sale in the UK in April next year, with pricing to be announced nearer the time.