A new track-bred Supersport from Yamaha is on its way to the European market. The motorcycle is likely to be a fully-faired middleweight successor to the popular YZF-R6 internationally.
Yamaha has dropped a teaser video of its upcoming motorcycle in its R vertical. The teaser video mainly focuses on track riding, which hints that the new ‘R’ model could a part of Yamaha’s Supersport segment. The new motorcycle could be the YZF-R7, a fully-faired version of Yamaha’s street naked MT-07.
To draw parallels between the two, the YZF-R7 is likely to be based on the same platform as the MT-07 but with a sharper chassis geometry and a slightly committed riding stance. The mechanicals such as suspension and braking systems are likely to be shared between the two. The engine could be the same Euro5 (BS6) compliant 689cc parallel-twin engine from the 2021 MT-07, which could be mated to a six-speed gearbox with tweaked gear ratios. The engine has a bore of 80mm and a stroke of 68.6mm, which make it an oversquare engine. This could mean that engineers at Yamaha could tweak the power plant to rev higher in order to suit the nature of a Supersport. The power output of the new Supersport is likely to be in the range of 75 – 80bhp.
The electronic package is expected to be a bare minimum, and the motorcycle could be equipped with just an ABS. The instrument cluster will be an all-digital unit, and the headlamp and taillamp assembly will be all-LED. The debut of the upcoming ‘R’ series motorcycle – most likely a YZF-R7 – is expected in this quarter. Yamaha will launch the motorcycle in European markets first.