[tps_header] Jorge Lorenzo unveils the Yamaha MT-10 at EICMA 2015.[/tps_header]
There was a lot of talk about the new streetfighter from Yamaha, the MT-10 which was expected to be launched at the EICMA 2015 or the Milan Auto Show. And yes, it is here and it is very furious. Yamaha has launched the naked bike MT-10 today at EICMA. The MT-10 to me looks like a transformer. When we look at the twin projector headlamps and the naked front, it feels like the bike will transform into an evil robot and destroy all other bikes. But, it is not going to transform! At least according to what Yamaha told us 😉
Coming to the technical part, the new bike is based on the sportsbike YZF-R1 but the exotics are given up. The nasty looking naked bike has twin projector lamps as we discussed earlier, 4 exhaust downtubes and a bulky fuel tank. The 2016 Yamaha MT-10 is powered by a 998 cc, in-line, four-cylinder cross plane engine that is shared by the YZF-R1 which for this bike is expected to produce 160 PS and a 101 NM of peak torque. However, no official figures are out yet. The engine has been tuned to boost mid range which includes new intake, and a new fueling system. The bike has a tiny wheelbase of just over 55 inches to provides easy handling.
The bike comes with the Yamaha D-mode software to provide different riding modes. Three modes are available to different riding conditions. The default mode has smooth power delivery at all times, B-mode is for rainy or slippery conditions and A-mode for no restrictions whatsoever. It also three traction controls and a cruise control.
The 2016 Yamaha MT-10 gets fully adjustable inverted KYB twin forks in the front and an adjustable KYB monoshock at the rear. The braking system consists of two 320 mm floating discs with four nissin calipers in the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear with ABS as standard.
If priced correctly, it will strongly stand against the BMW S1000R. The bike is for the riders who wants a powerful daily commuter. Official video below.