199 kg ONLY 2018 Yamaha R1 Launched at 20.7 Lakhs: Churns 200 PS

2018 Yamaha R1 price is actually lesser than the older version…

After the updated MT-09, Yamaha has now launched its flagship new YZF R1 in India to strengthen the premium motorcycle space. Imported into India as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) it is costlier than Fireblade but cheaper than Suzuki’s GSX-R1000R.

2018 R1 Engine

Based on the racing M1, R1 gets power from the same 998 cc cross plane, 4-valve engine which produces 200 PS of peak power at 13,500 rpm and 112.4 Nm of maximum torque at 11,500, without ram air pressurization. The cross plane crankshaft gives an uneven firing sequence of 270° – 180° – 90° – 180° which enables linear torque and high traction. The motor uses high compression 01:01 PM cylinder head for optimal performance.

The cross plane motor comes with a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system which helps in peak power and stronger torque.

The aluminium Delta-box frame gets a magnesium rear frame and longer swingarm. It has a short wheelbase of 1405 mm and weighs only 199 kg (wet) – this provides it agility.

Yamaha R1 price

2018 R1 Changes

Yamaha has updated the QSS (quick shift system) which allows full-throttle clutchless upshifts. During downshifts the ECU matches the engine speed and allows instantaneous gear changes with very low chassis disruption.

Apart from this, the new R1 also comes with a new Lift Control System (LIF) which gets new mapping and Yamaha says it is more progressive.

2018 Yamaha R1 Price

YZF R1 Rs 20.73 Lakhs

*ex-showroom Delhi

In comparison the Honda Fireblade starts from 16.80 Lakhs, Suzuki GSX-R1000 begins from 22 Lakhs. According to Yamaha’s website, the older R1 costed Rs 24.75 Lakhs. All prices ex-showroom Delhi.

Yamaha is making the motorcycle available in two colour options – Yamaha Blue and Tech Black and both of them are pictured on this page.

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If this ‘R’ is over your budget, then let us tell you that Yamaha is also readying the smallest Rs for India – the R15 VVA as well as the new R3!