2018 Yamaha MT-09 is imported into the country via CBU route; gets subtle updates while boasting the same three-cylinder engine
India Yamaha Motor has launched a new version of its premium MT-09 motorcycle for the domestic market today. Priced at Rs. 10,88,122 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), it is less expensive than the outgoing model as part of Yamaha transferring GST benefits to the customers.
It comes powered by a ‘newly developed’ 847 cc, in-line, three-Cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve engine with ABS technology. The Japanese motorcycle major says the new MT-09 aims at luring young customers who are stepping up from 600 cc category machines or trying to downsize from the litre-class bikes.
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The Yamaha MT-09 neo roadster is a huge hit in the international markets but since it’s brought into the country via Completely Built Unit (CBU) route, the price tag is on the high side compared to its main rivals like the Triumph Street Triple and the Kawasaki Z900 that offer better technology packages.
Moreover, the 2018 Model Year MT-09 will be made available only at selected dealerships across India in a similar fashion to its premium cousin, the YZF-R1. It is being offered in three different colour schemes namely Bluish Gray Solid, Deep Purplish Blue and Matte Dark Gray – all commanding the same price.
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Going by the global MT series’ design language, the new MT-09 features single-sided swingarm mounted rear fender, compact and dynamic stance, agile profile with sturdy ergonomics, headlamp assembly with four LED lights, large air scoops, radiator side fins, winglets under the headlights, etc.
Following the sales discontinuation on the back of introduction of the BS-IV norms earlier this year, the naked middleweight offering is back right on the portfolio. It also comes with integrated tail light as the subframe is 30 mm shorter at the rear end while the sporty riding dynamics is enhanced by added compression damping adjuster to the front suspension, Assist & Slipper clutch, Quick Shift System (QSS) and a newly designed seat.
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As identical to the outgoing model, the new MT-09 develops 115 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The motorcycle is instantly recognizable with its bare-minimum looks and has dual 300 mm discs at the front and a 245 mm single disc at the rear. The onboard electronic aids include YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) and a D-MODE with three different throttle maps.