Rumour Mill: Would the all-new Yamaha YZF-R6 look anything like this?

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2014 Yamaha YZF-R6

Probably one of the most fierce middleweight supersports out there, the Yamaha YZF-R6 has long been due for a overhaul. Delivering some positive updates on that front are the recent rumours from Japan’s Young Machine Magazine which suggests that it may not be too long before we see an updated YZF-R6. In fact, the folks sitting in the magazine’s render department have also turned out a render of the 2017 YZF-R6 which, according to them, will closely resemble the new generation YZF-R1. At Motoroids, we choose to think otherwise, though.

The current YZF-R6 and previous generation YZF-R1 looked substantially different and that tradition in distinguishing the two models sufficiently enough is not expected to change with the 2017 model of the R6. So while the render suggests otherwise, we’d still like to believe that the new YZF-R6 may not carry many design cues from the latest generation YZF-R1. Not to the extent illustrated in the render below for sure! What would be interesting, though, is to see if Yamaha introduces a premium version of this middleweight and christens it as YZF-R6M. If the company does introduce such a model, expect to see top spec hardware such as Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes on the motorcycle.

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Render - Young Machine

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Render by Young Machine

Will that engine get extra displacement?

We have seen new generation supersport motorcycles receive higher displacement. But rumours suggest that Yamaha does not plan to walk down that path and would continue with the 599cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 4-cylinder motor. What Yamaha may do is increase the performance numbers and probably shed some weight to give the new motorcycle a better to power-to-weight ratio. The two-wheeler maker may also add modern electronic package to lure buyers.

The Yamaha YZF-R6 hasn’t seen a major update for quite some time now. The report from Young Magazine suggests that the new, updated YZF-R6 will be unveiled sometime in 2016 with launch expected to happen in early- or mid-2017.

Source: Young Magazine via Autoevolution

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