Yamaha R6 discontinuation – The company has buried this information at the bottom of the press release it sent announcing a range of other motorcycles.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, has officially announced several models for the coming year, including the Sport Heritage, Adventure Touring, Transcontinental Touring, and scooters.
Among all this, one piece of news that has raised several eyebrows is that the company is going to discontinue the legendary middleweight motorcycle – R6, after 2020. The company has confirmed this information in the shared press release.
The R6 was launched in the year 1999, and it instantly went on to become one of the most popular and iconic motorcycles in its class. Unfortunately for us, this mid-sized supersports was never sold in India.
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The R6 is currently powered by a 599 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline, 4-cylinder engine that produces a peak power of 118.4 hp at 14,500 rpm and 61.7 Nm of max torque at 10,500 rpm. The motor is coupled with a six-speed gearbox.
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Yamaha shares that the costs of the development to upgrade the motorcycle to meet the Euro-5 emission norms are quite high and with the ‘not-so-encouraging’ sales numbers of the bike, it is not financially feasible for the company to go the whole hog. However, the good news is that the R6 will continue to be produced for the racetracks!