The Yamaha YZF-R6 is now available with a special paint job (red white and black) developed to mark the company’s WGP 50 years anniversary. The color scheme is based on the famous ‘speedblock’ design that was made famous by Yamaha’s Grand Prix race bikes in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Yamaha YZF-R6 is built using a compact ‘mass-forward’ body scheme and a lightweight aluminum die-cast Deltabox frame which strengthens the major sections around the centre of gravity offering a top notch handling.

The bike is propelled by a 599cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine combined with a highly advanced electronic intake (YCC-I) and throttle (YCC-T).

To keep the bike’s performances to a superlative level Yamaha equipped it with a slipper clutch, perfected on its racing bikes. This feature allows the R6’s rider to achieve smoother downshifting for more effective corner entry.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary.

  • 2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
  • Transmission:
    Constant Mesh, 6-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    67 @ 14500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    48 @ 10500
  • Energy:
    Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    599 cc
  • Top Speed:
    280 mph
  • Price:
    € 9449

About

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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This is the machine that’s leading the way in the World Supersport Championship. And its highly advanced engine and chassis designs make it one of the most outstanding motorcycles in the class. Our compact ‘mass-forward’ body layout and lightweight aluminium die-cast Deltabox frame concentrate major components around the centre of gravity for super-agile handling. The R6’s 599cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine is equipped with a highly advanced electronic intake (YCC-I) and throttle (YCC-T) giving instant response and seamless power. And with its new 50th Anniversary colours, the R6 looks and feels like a born winner!

By racing and winning at the highest level for over 50 years, Yamaha has been able to develop advanced new performance-enhancing technologies for our street bikes. Features like the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) and slipper clutch were first developed on our factory race machines. And it is this MotoGP-inspired technology that gives the YZF-R6 the edge – whether it’s being powered along a twisty mountain road or being raced in the World Supersport Championship. To celebrate half-a-century of success, the latest YZF-R6 is offered with our exclusive new red, white and black 50th Anniversary colours. Ride with the winners. Ride YZF-R6!

WGP 50th Anniversary Colours

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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Based on the famous ‘speedblock’ design that was made famous by Yamaha’s Grand Prix race bikes in the 60s, 70s and 80s, the exclusive new 50th Anniversary red, white and black colour scheme gives the radical R6 a real race-bred look to underline its unrivalled racing heritage.

Compact short-wheelbase die-cast Deltabox chassis

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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To achieve an idealised balance of rigidity for agile and responsive handling performance, the R6 is equipped with a die-cast Deltabox chassis which has been developed using MotoGP know-how. With a short wheelbase of only 1,380mm and 97mm trail, this ultra-compact chassis gives the R6 its legendary razor-sharp handling.

Racing-style slipper clutch

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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Another example of how MotoGP benefits our street bikes is the slipper clutch. The advanced design has been tested and perfected on our racing bikes, and it allows the R6 rider to achieve smoother downshifting for more effective corner entry.

Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) and Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T)

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Emblems and Logo Exterior
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The Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake system features electronically-controlled intake funnels whose length is constantly adjusted to suit engine speed. Working with the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle, this high-tech intake system delivers efficient combustion for smooth and linear power output.

EXUP Exhaust System

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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Another example of how Yamaha’s race-bred technology benefits R6 riders is the EXUP exhaust. This unique design features an electronically-controlled valve which instantaneously adjusts exhaust gas flows to match the engine speed. By constantly ‘tuning’ the exhaust’s internal diameter, the EXUP system delivers smoother and more efficient performance.

Compact ‘mass-forward’ bodywork

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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Take a look at an R6 from any angle and you’ll soon see that its ultra-compact bodywork gives it an aggressive, ‘crouching forward’ stance. By concentrating the bike’s major components around the bike’s centre of gravity, our designers have created a sharp-handling machine which changes direction and attacks corners like no other 600.

Specifications

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary Exterior
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Engine type liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
Displacement 599cc
Bore x stroke 67.0 mm x 42.5 mm
Compression ratio 13.1 : 1
Maximum Power 91.0 kW (123.7PS) @ 14,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 65.7 Nm (6.7 kg-m) @ 10,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Carburettor Electronic Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system TCI (digital)
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Aluminium Deltabox
Front suspension system Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm
Front travel 115 mm
Caster Angle 24º
Trail 97 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, (link suspension), Monoshock
Rear Travel 120 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 310 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)
Overall length 2,040 mm
Overall width 705 mm
Overall height 1,095 mm
Seat height 850 mm
Wheel base 1,375 mm
Minimum ground clearance 130 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 189 kg
Fuel tank capacity 17 litres
Oil tank capacity 3.4 litres

Quotes

Bikez ---- "This is the machine that lead the way in the 2011 World Supersport Championship. And its highly advanced engine and chassis designs make it one of the most outstanding motorcycles in the class"

Westlondonyamaha ---- "One ride on the R6 lets you know that this bike was born on the racetrack. Its MotoGP-bred technology is tuned to give you the kind of outstanding engine and chassis performance usually reserved for professional riders."

motorcyclespecs ---- "Fifty years after Yamaha sent its first ever GP riders to compete in the World Championships, our newest factory rider Ben Spies helped to commemorate the occasion with his maiden MotoGP win at Assen in June 2011"

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