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2017 Yamaha YZF-R6: The iconic R6 gets lighter, faster and more agile!

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After the Yamaha YZF-R1 refresh, that arrived in India last year, Yamaha has announced a much-awaited successor to the iconic 600cc supersport motorcycle called the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6. Retaining the best bits of its predecessor, the new R6 packs in plenty of punch, loses some weight and can easily be tagged as a true MotoGP-bred racer.

The starting point for those seeking to progress through the supersport ranks, the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 offers plenty of new bits.

The design has been given a complete overhaul, with some similarities to the bigger R1 model. The R6′ design features a newly developed low-drag bodywork that gives it a more aggressive stance, sharper headlights and thin tail light at the back.

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With the 600cc class, the key to performance is being light and agile. This time around the Japanese manufacturer features a lighter and stronger CF die cast magnesium subframe. Add to this a newly designed fuel tank that’s made of aluminium and combined with the frame also allows the rider to tuck in closer offering better aerodynamics. The new fuel tank weighs 1.2kg less compared to the standard steel one.

Power and response are also key elements to this segment. The bike offers an advanced Traction Control System (TCS), and a new Quick Shift System (QSS) that allows for faster shifting between gears. The new QSS allows for full throttle clutchless upshifts for better acceleration.

Power comes from a liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC, 599cc parallel 4-cylinder engine that puts down the power to road via a constant mesh 6-speed transmission.