Yamaha unveiled the street-fighter version of the YZF-R1, the MT-10 back in November last year, at the EICMA motor show, but kept its power and torque figures under the wraps. Well, we now have the detailed spec sheet, and it does much more than inspire shock and awe.
Yamaha has finally disclosed the specifications of the MT-10 street-naked motorcycle, which was launched at the Milan Motor Show in November last year. It’s not very often that one looks at a motorcycle, and simply goes on gazing at it, in awe of its power, acceleration, chassis and what not without even having a go on it. Well, the Yamaha MT-10 indeed gives that sort of vibe, more so once you know what it can do.
The street-naked, based on the YZF-R1, is powered by the same engine as that of its fully faired sibling, a 998cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder engine that churns out a whooping 160.4 PS of power at 11,500 RPM and 111 Nm of torque at 9000 RPM. In the R1, peak power and torque come in at 13,500 RPM and 11,500 RPM respectively, which indicates the MT-10 has been tuned to deliver a strong mid-range grunt, keeping its street bike character in mind.
Another feature worth mentioning is the firing order of the cylinders, which is 270-180-90-180, something not very common. What this setup does is, it is capable of feeding more power in a single stroke as its 2nd and 4th cylinders are in phase.
Apart from the engine, there’s much more going on around the Yamaha MT-10, like the extremely light aluminium frame and swingarm, the large ‘street-like’ saddle, twin LED headlamps and a ton of electronics that it borrows from the R1. These include three riding modes, switchable ABS as standard, three-level traction control system, slipper clutch and also a technology called Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle, an ECU system connected to the throttle which helps brace against instant wheelies. Another cool feature is an adjustable cruise control system that can be activated post 50 km/hr.
However exciting a package the Yamaha MT-10 might be, the above listed version is set to launch in the European markets, with no hints of a launch here in India. And one wouldn’t even expect a launch here anytime soon, as Yamaha has just launched its younger sibling, the MT-09, at the recently concluded Auto Expo. That said, the MT-10 is an enviable motorcycle, and is bound to sell in large volumes once it goes on sale in May this year.
The Yamaha MT-10 will take on super-nakeds like the KTM 1290 Super Duke R which has an inherent advantage of displacement as its 1301cc, V-Twin motor belts out 180 horses and 144 Nm of torque. Heck, the 0-200 km/hr time is faster than a Lamborghini Aventador at 8.6 seconds!
Yamaha MT-10 Specifications
– The MT-10 is the naked version of the flagship YZF-R1
– Its in-line 4-pot mill churns out 160.4 PS of power and 111 Nm of torque
– The Yamaha MT-10 gets a host of sophisticated of electronics borrowed from the R1
– It will launch in May 2016 in European markets