A new R1 for the 2015 model year has been rumored heavily for almost a year now, and today Yamaha confirmed that we will see a new Yamaha YZF-R1 at the EICMA show. The perhaps isn’t surprising, especially since Yamaha teased us this very info at the INTERMOT show last month.
However, this is the first official confirmation from the tuning fork brand, as well as our first non-spy photo glimpse, of the new liter-bike. All of course to whet our appetite.
According to trademark applications, we can expect two variations of the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 to debut, one street-based model, and one race-spec model.
The race-spec model is quoted as having 230hp, which is a lofty figure, to be certain. More down to Earth rumors include a dual-clutch gearbox on the R1, for rapid shifts up and down the gearbox (similar to what we just published about the Ducati 1299 superbike).
What we can see from the video though shows a bevy of electronic controls, including a traction control system, riding mode system, and stability control system. Yamaha has been working on its sport bike TCS for some time now, so it will be interesting to see the fruits of their labor.
We will have to wait and see what rumors prove to be true at the EICMA show, but between this new R1 and the already released Yamaha YZF-R3, Yamaha has a stout sport bike lineup going forward.
Source: Yamaha (YouTube)