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2015 Yamaha R1 rumoured to make 230hp

New Yamaha R1 could make over 200hp and have 'standard' and 'racing' versions available

SOURCES in Japan have confirmed a new Yamaha R1 is due to be launched later this year, according to AMCN.

The bike is said to use an updated version of the current four-cylinder crossplane crank engine found in the current R1, and not a three-cylinder as predicted a couple of years ago.

As well as styling changes, the new R1 is expected to be available in two variations; a racing version rumoured to make 230hp and feature revised traction control and electronic suspension, and a standard version making less power from the 'CP4' engine with dual-clutch transmission available.

Sources are also saying we are likely to see a new Yamaha R6 by the end of this year. We expect Yamaha to unveil the 2015 R1 at either the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany or at EICMA in Milan.