Yamaha has globally unveiled the updated 2020 YZF-R1 and its track-focused form the YZF-R1M, which have received significant updates. As for the updates, both the motorcycles come with even more updated tech whereas the visual changes are subtle.
Coming the To R1 which gets a newly designed LED headlamps and slight changes to the bodywork which is said to increase its aerodynamic efficiency by 5.3 percent. Not only this, but the changes in the bodywork is also said to reduce the wind noise. On the other hand, the new R1M gets a lot of carbon fibre bodywork which would result in a lot of weight reduction. The 2020 R1M will be produced in limited numbers only.
Moving on to the heart of the matter, the Yamaha R1 gets a host of changes to its powerplant. The 998cc in-line four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine now gets a revised cylinder head, new injectors and updated camshaft profiles. Additionally, both the motorcycles get Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG), Ride-By-Wire tech which is chip controlled (YCC-T) throttle which gets rid of the accelerator cables saving weight and providing a crisper throttle response. However, the power output remains the same at 197 HP. Most of the other electronics like the 6-axis IMU, Brake Control system remains unchanged. It also comes with Engine Brake Management system including three modes, Yamaha Ride Control system and Y-TRAC application which is available for android smartphones and tablets.
The main differences between the R1 and the track-focused R1M comes from the Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension which now gets NPX pressuriszed front fork (gas cannister integrated in front axle bracket) and a reworked rear shock absorber. THe rear shock can also be adjusted through the YRC or the Y-TRAC application. On the other hand, the 2020 R1 gets improved front and rear KYB suspension to improve the overall handling and feedback on road as well as track.
Yamaha has not revealed the prices yet but it is expected to be out in the coming months. The current version of the R1 in India is priced at Rs. 20.4 lakhs (ex-showroom).