Someone is trying to pass off the above photo as the eagerly awaited 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 – unfortunately, it’s a fake. I’m actually surprised this piece of photoshop has some legs, and is making its way around the internet, considering how obvious the forgery.
To verify its authenticity, all one would have to do is to compare the above photo with photos of the current generation Yamaha YZF-R1. Contrasting the two, it’s clear that the chassis and exposed parts of the engine are right off the Yamaha YZF-R1 (it’s easiest to see on the swingarm).
The real smoking gun though is that the forger used a Yamaha press photo as their base. I was able to find the base photo (after the jump), which clearly shows that the five-spoke wheels on the alleged R6 are in the exact same ones from a R1 press photo – even the holes on the front brake discs and rear sprocket line-up.
So far, a new Yamaha YZF-R6 is just pure conjecture, though it is a strong possibility for the 2017 model year. One would expect a new R6 to debut, now that the R1 platform has been updated, and sources have suggested that a new sport bike is due to drop soon.
We can expect Yamaha to borrow ideas and designs from the R1 for the R6, though we doubt Yamaha will take things quite as literally as our image-creator here.