2015 Yamaha R1 Spotted – DCT, 4 Cyl., & 230hp Rumored

07/18/2014 @ 6:33 pm, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

2015 Yamaha R1 Spotted   DCT, 4 Cyl., & 230hp Rumored 2015 yamaha yzf r1 spy shot 635x423

The eagle eyes at the Australian Motorcycle News bring us our first look at the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, as Iwata’s superbike was caught testing at the Eastern Creek International Speedway.

With the picture, comes the first rumored details of the new R1, with the biggest news being that Yamaha will bring two versions of the machine to market: one street version, and one for race homologation.

From the photo above, both models will heavily take their styling cues from the current YZF-R6, and will also continue to use a four-cylinder crossplane engine configuration — this revelation squashes any notion of a three-cylinder superbike from Iwata.

Keeping up with the development of its rivals, Yamaha is expected to unveil a revised traction control package, and also offer electronic suspension.

The cheaper street-bike offering will be available with a dual-clutch transmission, which we have already seen in Yamaha’s patent filings. No word on performance specs or pricing, but we do know that the higher-spec racing version is said to have ~230hp.

While that figure is hard to swallow, we should remember that Yamaha plans to re-enter World Superbike racing, and that the EVO regulations, which will be compulsory next year, and will require manufacturers to homologate higher performing machines to the public, as engine modifications for racing will be severally limited.

The higher-spec R1 is expected to compete with the Ducati 1199 Panigale S, BMW HP4, and the next iteration of the Aprilia RSV4. Thus, we would expect to see the usual suspects for top-shelf components being used, and racing-derived electronic packages being employed.

Yamaha is expected to reveal the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 at either the INTERMOT or EICMA shows later this year, so we’ll see how much of these rumors are true in only a few months’ time.

Source: Australian MCN & Moto Revue

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    Have you seen Under the Skin yet, JB? Probably the best motorcycling movie of the year. Yamaha couldn’t have asked for better placement. ;-)

  2. I have a copy of it, and haven’t watched it yet. I heard McWillie killed in it.

  3. L2C says:

    Yes, he did very much with very little. He was very good. And the bike scenes were exceptional.

    The movie itself is definitely a matter of taste, though. I liked the story and as an art film, I thought it was very good.

  4. Brandon says:

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing motorcycle. Yamaha has been sitting on there hands since the R1 came to the game with the cross plane engine. The R6 is the same one since 2006. The new three cylinder bike was maybe a hint that Yamaha has slapped some senses back into themselves. Can’t wait to see what there about to bring!

  5. 999 says:

    230 Horsepower… If it sounds too good to be true….

  6. It does, but the new RSV4 is said to be 220hp, so…

  7. paulus says:

    220-230 bhp for a race homologation bike would be spectacular.
    For a watered down road version… BHP can be at a level so high up in the rev range it could be an awful ride.
    Let’s wait and see from the tests.

    BHP without usable torque is nothing.

  8. Jeez, just build something based on the M1, already. Or at least that looks like an M1.

  9. SBPilot says:

    I’d be sorrily disappointed if Yamaha’s new cream of the crop superbike looked near identical to a 9 year old design based on their lower category sport bike. That’d be the silliest move in the brands history.

    I’m positive the bodywork on their test bikes are R6 stuff to mask what the real bike will look like. If anything, the two bikes may have similar air intake flow but to have near identical body work is hard to believe.

    I really don’t think you should write so confidently that the new bike will “will heavily take their styling cues from the current YZF-R6″, aka a 9 year old bike. The bike in the photo posted is wearing exactly R6 body work, not “based heavily on”.

    But, on the brighter side, 230hp from a crossplank? Yes please. Can’t wait to hear what it sounds like fully lit with a nice pair of cans.

  10. Damn says:

    the yam wont get r6 styling like on the photo! bmw tested with r6 styling to.

  11. james says:

    I heard that the crossplane config was heavy on fuel economy because of the dual balancershafts and the firing order.i wish yamaha had a new valvetrain configuration that saps less power. Desmodromic system? Pneumatics? Also the present crossplane R1 engine is the size of an elephant versus the same capacity M1 engine.

  12. David P. Gasser says:

    Underslung Exhaust and Four Piston Calipers, are you sure this isn’t an R6?

  13. n/a says:

    Just a dodgy picture of an R6 on a track day?

  14. MikeD says:

    SBPilot says:

    July 19, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    ” I’d be sorrily disappointed if Yamaha’s new cream of the crop superbike looked near identical to a 9 year old design based on their lower category sport bike. That’d be the silliest move in the brands history. ”
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    Thanks for saving me some typing. Xactly how I felt.

    Personally I can’t wait for the GOOGLY EYES style and generally the whole front end to go away ALREADY.

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    ” Wow, this sounds like an amazing motorcycle. Yamaha has been sitting on there hands since the R1 came to the game with the cross plane engine. The R6 is the same one since 2006. The new three cylinder bike was maybe a hint that Yamaha has slapped some senses back into themselves. Can’t wait to see what there about to bring! ”

    ” 230 Horsepower… If it sounds too good to be true…. ”

    ” 230hp from a crossplank? Yes please. Can’t wait to hear what it sounds like fully lit with a nice pair of cans.

    ” just build something based on the M1, already. Or at least that looks like an M1. ”

    +1, Gentlemen.

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    james says:

    July 19, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    ” I heard that the crossplane config was heavy on fuel economy because of the dual balancershafts and the firing order.i wish yamaha had a new valvetrain configuration that saps less power. Desmodromic system? Pneumatics? Also the present crossplane R1 engine is the size of an elephant versus the same capacity M1 engine ”

    Fuel economy I can’t tell, haven’t lurk the forums in forever.
    BUT … the crank itself is a beast ( is basically a SHRUNK small block Chevy Crank ). A 180* FLAT crank starts to look a lot cleaner, smaller, lighter and easier to forge very fast, not to mention that is a proven configuration over and over again for making ridiculous HP #s.
    Then you add 2 counter balancers, funky firing order and the complicated architecture of said engine and yes, you are probably right about it sucking fuel.
    Then you have what I think is the lowest HP# on the category plus a roster of other ” shortcomings ” and she starts to show her age and lack of development.

    NO ! NO DESMO ! Leave that S%$T to the followers of the Borgo Panigale Church. I don’t care how great it may be.

    Pneumatic ? ! HELL YEAH !

    I heard there’s a danger of fire/xplosion using regular air because of O2, Oil & lots of heat, so an INERT GAS is the proper thing to use but unless you carry a bottle of compressed nitrogen ( worrying about it running out all the time ) or using cooled, filtered and compressed xhaust gases I don’t see how it could be applied in a cheap relatively quick easy way with out adding too much clutter, retooling and expense to existing engine/motorcycle designs.

  15. yama man says:

    Yamaha back to WSBK? Great news, I hope so, go Yamaha!

  16. proudAmerican says:

    I hope this bike’s met with fantastic enthusiasm from the buying public.

    Enough enthusiasm to convince Honda and Suzuki to finally join the literbike party, and convince Kawasaki to give their beast a massage and facelift also.

    A new literbike can only be good news for all of us.

    Hey Yamaha, can you please drop a new R6 on us while you’re at it?

  17. Mitch says:

    Another strange/telling detail, the swingarm is no longer braced ‘upside down’, but right side up. That’s a big change for the R1, if this is even an R1 at all.

  18. jeram says:

    LOL, thats just an R6!

    same swingarm design, same front end, same brakes, same fairing,

    Yamaha may be toying with the idea of a new 230hp r6, but this isnt it and Yamaha would not be testing it at Eastern Creek at a general entry trackday.

  19. Mitch says:

    @jeram: that is a distinct possibility, when I saw the swingarm I sort of thought the same. However, the swingarm doesn’t seem to follow the extremely high arch as the current R6. It does however have the R6 two pot brakes, and an R6 tail, which would be very strange for an R1 prototype since subrames are usually not swappable between bikes, and a custom subframe would be needed for this test.

    The bodywork is probably what is called a ‘test mule’ in the car world – mechanicals covered by a false outer shell, for aero and to hide the bits underneath. When this is done, it has no bearing on what the final product will look like, they just happen to fit and be handy.

  20. MikeD says:

    proudAmerican says:

    July 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I hope this bike’s met with fantastic enthusiasm from the buying public.

    Enough enthusiasm to convince Honda and Suzuki to finally join the literbike party, and convince Kawasaki to give their beast a massage and facelift also.

    A new literbike can only be good news for all of us.
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    +1. Even tho I have NO USE or SKILLS to be riding one I will confess they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time I hear news about new or significantly updated “full blown” sport bikes. (^_^)’

  21. Val says:

    firstly.. Its not an R1.. that’s just an R6.. secondly why would Yamaha test a new bike out here.. EC is not the best or most suitable track around especially for its facilities and track surface. There are countless tracks in Japan to test on. Thirdly why would Yamaha even feel it remotely necessary to bump up power beyond 200hp!? The very notion of 220 to 230hp for a road bike is just ridiculous.. Manufacturers are pretty much hitting a developmental wall with “road spec” engines hitting 190 to 200hp whilst retaining any degree of rideability and engine longevity. They would have to make the engines rev that much harder to get that kind of power then we start getting 1000cc bikes with 600cc like peakiness.. and im sure no one wants that.

  22. MikeD says:

    @Val:

    Thirdly why would Yamaha even feel it remotely necessary to bump up power beyond 200hp!? The very notion of 220 to 230hp for a road bike is just ridiculous.. Manufacturers are pretty much hitting a developmental wall with “road spec” engines hitting 190 to 200hp whilst retaining any degree of rideability and engine longevity. They would have to make the engines rev that much harder to get that kind of power then we start getting 1000cc bikes with 600cc like peakiness.. and im sure no one wants that.
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    My good man, there’s a blown up, oil spewing, overheated, clanking, underpowered, carbureted H-D or Royal Enfield in your future . . . live and let live.

    As to, ” why test out there ? ” Well, how about exposure and get the ball rolling, create noise, free publicity , I don’t know . . . any oddball reason ?!

  23. Jesus, who watches Under the Skin and focuses on product placement for Yamaha, Jesus Christ. Pearls before swine. *rolls eyes* lol

  24. There’s no riding in that movie that I couldn’t do in my sleep with a good set of rain tires. If you’re going to watch Under the Skin to see the incidental motorcycle riding and Scarlett Johansson’s aging naked body, don’t waste your time, the rest of it is sure to go over the head, you you… Neanderthals :)

  25. Joey D says:

    That’s not an R6. From what i can tell that’s a R1 motor hanging out of the cut off portion of the fairings. I also believe they only have it masked with R6 bodywork. It’s common to do that, and the R6 design is getting long in the tooth

  26. ThatsRight! says:

    You mean Ducati 1199R not S, BMW and RSV4R

  27. ThatsRight! says:

    Only noobs and posers care about all of this high HP that they will never use. I could out race all of you on this site on a 130 hp bike.

  28. SPL170db says:

    These pictures are over a year and change old, MCN published them back in Feb 2013. Not sure why they are being rehashed as being some recent development???

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/mcn/news/newsresults/new-bikes/2013/february/feb2813-new-r1-spy-shots/

    As far as the claims of 200HP for a street version and 230HP for a race homologation? All I can say is LMFAO. That’s gonna be one VERY happy dyno that Yamaha is using to test. And lets not forget, the numbers they typically advertise are WITH ram air and at the engine crank. The real world numbers that the rest of the world actually uses are at the rear wheel and without ram air. Realistically I would expect maybe a 5-10hp improvement over the current R1’s HP numbers.

    New model sport bike rumors have always been worse than a tabloid magazine.