Certification indicates that Yamaha YZF-R7 based on MT-07 may be on its way
Yamaha may be developing a new sportbike called the YZF-R7, based on the MT-07, according to motorcycle.com.
According to them, the filings with the CARB (California Air Resources Board), indicates that the sports model that will fill the space left by the YZF-R6, may be on its way, and may arrive in 2022.
In addition, they inform that at least two colors will be available: metallic blue (Racing Blue) and black.
Another website (motorcyclenews), had already reported that, their sources in Japan, indicated that the new model could arrive later this year, in the autumn of the northern hemisphere.
For those who do not know, Yamaha has decided to end production of the supersport YZF-R6, leaving only track versions available.
With this, there is a gap that needs to be filled, more precisely between the YZF-R3 (321cc) and YZF-R1 (1000cc model).
The new sportbike, being based on the MT-07, would have a 689 cm³ 2-cylinder engine, capable of generating up to 74.8 HP of maximum power.
With that, it would compete, mainly, with the Honda CBR 650R and the Kawasaki Ninja 650, being fun with just enough power.
Remember that the CP2 engine that equips the MT-07 is also used in other models, such as the Tracer 7 and the Ténéré 700.
Anyway, apparently, a new medium sportbike with a not-so-salty price is coming. The YZF-R6 was an excellent supersport bike, but the price was prohibitive (it came close to the price of a 1000cc sportbike in some countries).