The R1 is the latest to join the ever-expanding ranks of naked superbikes. After it debuted at EICMA, Yamaha kept us wondering for a few months whether the company would once again follow the path of the FZ1 and its rather tame nature. Thankfully, Yamaha stated that this would be the most powerful naked bike it had ever built and the newly-released specs support this statement in full.
The MT-10 is effectively based on the basic R1S version of Yamaha's superbike, meaning that it comes with top-of-the-line brakes and suspension, and a comprehensive electronic arsenal that includes riding modes, adjustable traction control, slipper clutch, cruise control, but not the Inertial Measurement Unit of the R1 and R1M.
In its detuned state, the 998 cc in-line four motor produces no less than 160.4 hp (119.6 kW) at 11,500 rpm, with a gritty maximum torque of 111 Nm (81.9 ft-lbs) at 9,000 rpm. In comparison to the R1, the MT outputs its maximum power values considerably lower in the rev scale. The R1 achieves the 200-hp mark at 13,500 rpm, but in the naked version this kind of power would be nothing short of overkill. Interestingly enough, the maximum torque of the MT is very close to the R1's 112.4 Nm, but being produced 2,500 rpm lower in the MT hints at a pretty muscular midrange torque curve.
This power has to move a mass of 210 kg (463 lb) – oils and full 17-liter (4.5 gal) gas tank included. The MT is slightly longer that its superbike sibling, yet at 1,400 mm (55.12 in) its wheelbase is 5 mm (0,2 in) shorter in comparison.
The new MT-10 is expected to arrive in European showrooms in May and will face stiff competition from a wide variety of machines. The brand new 175-hp (130.5-kW) Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR leads the rankings in terms of power, followed by the twins KTM Super Duke 1290 (170 hp/126.8 kW) and Ducati Monster 1200 R (160 hp/119.3 kW).
Yamaha is probably looking more in the direction of its four-cylinder competitors, starting with the 160-hp BMW S1000R, the 145-hp (108 kW) Suzuki GSX-S1000 with the engine of the iconic GSX-R1000 K5 and the Kawasaki Z1000 (140 hp/104.4 kW). The widely popular naked liter class also includes an in-line triple engine, in the 138-hp (103-kW) guise of Triumph's new Speed Triple 1050.
Along with the full specs, Yamaha released the price of the MT-10 for most European markets, displaying wide variations. Luckiest are the English motorcyclists, who can buy the MT-10 for £9,999 (US$14,000), closely followed by Italy and Germany at €13,990 (US$14,400). On the other hand, Danish customers will have to fork out no less than DKK199,000 (US$29,400).
Yamaha has not yet clarified if or when the MT-10 will be offered in other world markets.
Source: Yamaha Motor Europe