At Rs. 10.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the 2018 MT-09 is priced lower than the outgoing model. It will be sold through selected Yamaha dealers across India.
For the 2018 model year, the MT-09 features an aggressive new front design with a twin headlamp setup. The new headlamps feature four LEDs. Other new design elements like radiator side-fins and large air-scoops complement the refreshed look of the MT-09. On the 2018 version, there are three new colours - Bluish Gray Solid, Deep Purplish Blue and Matte Dark Gray.
The MT-09 is a high capacity street fighter from Yamaha that draws its power from a 847cc, 3-Cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 112bhp and 87.5Nm. A 6-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch and quick shift system comes standard.
Yamaha claims that the MT-09 is targeted towards youngsters who are stepping up from 600cc sports model, or thinking for downsizing from a large-displacement model and looking for a two-wheeler with with great power yet a compact build for efficient handling.
Commenting on the launch of the new MT-09, Roy Kurian, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yamaha India said, “Yamaha technology is known globally to offer the desired nimbleness and edge which motorcyclists seek from a two wheeler. It is exciting to announce the introduction of the new MT-09 in the Indian market shortly after its successful run globally. The new MT-09 will reiterate Yamaha’s commitment to offer in India the very best mix of Yamaha’s superior expertise coupled with its unique flair for innovation. The new MT-09 has been constructed with excellent rigidity balance that contributes towards the bike's agile handling performance and power delivery”.
Specification wise, the 2018 Yamaha MT-09 locks horns with the Kawasaki Z900 in India, which is powered by a 948cc, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which makes 123bhp and 98.6Nm. However, the Z900 starts at a much more competitive price of Rs. 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).