- Next generation YZF-R1 likely to make 2021 debut
- Will get more powerful engine
- Rumoured to get seamless gearbox
Yamaha is working on their next generation YZF-R1, their flagship motorcycle. This supersport is expected to hit the world market in 2021.
According to some rumours, the next generation YZF-R1 will get a new inline-four cylinder engine that is likely to churn power more than 200bhp. It will be Euro 5 compliantt and will sport a crossplane crank, along with variable valve timing. The rumours suggest that a seamless gearbox is also on the cards - a tech that is seen on the MotoGP bikes. The electronics are also expected to be upgraded, which will bring it quite close to the MotoGP bikes.
In terms of design, the upcoming R1 is likely to retain design from the current model, but there will be a host of changes that will help the bike to improve its performance. So things like winglets, better fairing design are expected to be seen on the bike.
We are expecting to see the production ready next-generation YZF-R1 sometime next year, maybe at the 2020 EICMA. There’s also a minute chance of some sort of design concept will be showcased at this years EICMA as well.