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More Powerful Yamaha R1 Underway?
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That said, rumours from Japan suggest the Iwata manufacturer is looking to roll out a significantly updated R1.

The R1 received its extensive overhaul in 2015 before Yamaha’s latest changes in 2019 seem to perform fairly well, with the superbike dominating the 2021 WorldSBK season.

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While it may relatively outperform the Kawasaki ZX-10RR and Honda CBR1000RR-R, the R1 could be left behind after Ducati and BMW’s recent introduction of the new Panigale V4 R and M 1000 RR.

As both motorcycles make more than 200hp, the bi-crossplane 998cc 198hp might not be seen enough to go up against the Italian and German moniker at the WorldSBK.

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That leaves Yamaha with a dilemma regarding how they should proceed with the R1.

However, a Japanese publication, Young-Machine, (yes, them again), reported that a heavily updated Yamaha R1 could be well underway.

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Thanks to a new render by YM, the R1 might be getting a complete overhaul of bodywork and engine development.&

Also, the R1 could get an all-new aerodynamic winglet and a higher peak power from its bi-crossplane engine.

Interestingly, YM also claimed that the next-gen R1 would feature a special edition retro white and red livery, complete with a 90s typeface.

Although the new development might seem too good to be true but knowing how accurate Young-Machine usually is, we might be seeing a new R1 soon enough.

Moreover, we are intrigued to find out how Yamaha plans to squeeze more power out of its inline-four-cylinder engine, which we think is already hitting its peak.

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