200 horsepower for the 2015 Yamaha R1

Yamaha has unveiled its all-new, MotoGP-inspired YZF-R1 at the EICMA show in Milan.

With a striking fairing design that incorporates some sinister-looking twin LED headlights, the 2015 R1 is built around a short-wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame.

The fuel tank is also made from aluminium, while the rear subframe and wheels are magnesium. Using those materials has helped to keep the fully-fuelled weight down to a reasonable 199 kg (439 lbs).

Yamaha YZF-R1 (2015) Front Side

Powering the latest R1 is a 998 cc four-cylinder engine that borrows technologies from the YZR-M1 race bike, such as a large-volume air intake, titanium con rods and a crossplane crankshaft.

As a result, it produces 197 bhp (147 kW / 200 PS) with 112 Nm (82 lb/ft) of torque. Compared to the old model the former figure is up by a considerable 18 bhp (13 kW / 18 PS), but curiously the latter is actually 3 Nm (2 lb/ft) lower.

To manage that increased output, Yamaha has developed a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. This device, which takes data from a gyro and numerous G-sensors, determines how the various electronic riding aids function. These comprise launch, front-lift, traction and slide control systems, as well as banking-sensitive anti-lock brakes.

Buyers will have a choice of either Race Blu or Racing Red colour schemes when sales begin next year. Pricing for the 2015 R1 has yet to be announced.

Yamaha YZF-R1 Race Blu (2015) Front and RearYamaha YZF-R1 Race Blu (2015) Side

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