Late last year, Yamaha finally announced they were giving us the supernaked we’ve been wanting so long for – one based on the Yamaha R1’s latest crossplane engine. The MT-10 was unveiled at EICMA last year but no specifications or pricing was released. We now have the former and if you’re living in the UK the latter as well.
The MT-10 supernaked is based off Yamaha’s budget version of the new R1, the R1S. That means it misses out on a few special features such as a magnesium oil pan, engine covers and wheels (replaced with aluminium) and the titanium exhaust headers and connecting rods are replaced with steel versions. But for the average supernaked rider, those things are hardly going to be missed.
And despite being a retuned naked, it still looks to pack plenty of punch and will go head to head with BMW’s S1000R:
Power 117 kW (158.2 hp) @ 11,500rpm
Torque 110 Nm (81.86 ft lb) @ 9000rpm
Seat height 825mm
That is an eye watering amount of torque and a still very respectable amount of horsepower. By way of comparison, the S1000R produces 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm, although it does weigh three kilograms less.
The MT-10 will retain just about all the other goodies you get on the R1S, including the extremely advanced electronics package, albeit modified slightly for the more road focused segment the bike is aimed at. The bike will first hit Europe in around April and will cost £9,999 in the UK. Australia should see it hit around June while the US misses out at this stage with the American division saying they currently have no intentions of importing it.